razor clam


: any of a family (Solenidae) of marine lamellibranch mollusks having a long narrow thin shell

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In a simple brine, razor clams maintained their yielding chew and mild, distinct salinity. Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2023 The digging motions of a razor clam. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2012 The razor clam pulls its shell up, creating a vacuum that sucks water into the space surrounding its body. Sarah Zhang, Discover Magazine, 24 May 2012 An average razor clam at Ninilchik would stretch some 4 or 5 inches back before the mid-2000s, while today the average is only 2 1/2 inches. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 24 May 2022 Clamzilla chowder, anyone? Jason Stricker was stunned at what his shovel turned up — a razor clam filling the palm of his hand. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2022 Unlike Oregon, which allows razor clam digging seven days a week, Washington tightly controls its razor clams with brief, tide-dependent seasons. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, 1 Apr. 2022 Each new dish was lovely, a razor clam presented on a log covered in seaweed or a single oyster leaf in an oyster shell. Kevin Wilson, Bon Appétit, 9 Feb. 2022 The Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding razor clam fans of Thursday’s seasonal closure of all Clatsop County beaches, which have already been closed for months because of domoic acid levels. oregonlive, 10 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of razor clam was in 1860

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“Razor clam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razor%20clam. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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