soft-shell clam

noun

Definition of soft-shell clam 

: an elongated clam (Mya arenaria) of the east coast of North America that has a thin friable shell and long siphon and is eaten especially when steamed

called also soft-shelled clam, steamer

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The crabs’ rise has coincided with the decline of the Maine soft-shell clam industry, which had its smallest harvest since the 1930s last year, due in part to an increase in predators, like crabs. Washington Post, "How to slow an invasive species? Turn it into gourmet food," 6 June 2018 The predators eat soft-shell clams, which are often used in fried clam rolls and clam strips. Washington Post, "As clam harvesting declines, could farming be the answer?," 3 June 2018 The inhabitants ate shellfish, of course, mostly soft-shell clams. Murray Carpenter, New York Times, "Native American Secrets Lie Buried in Huge Shell Mounds," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of soft-shell clam

1818, in the meaning defined above

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