surf clam

noun
|Updated on: 27 Jun 2018

Definition of surf clam

: any of various typically rather large surf-dwelling edible clams (family Mactridae); especially : a common clam (Spisula solidissima) of the Atlantic coast chiefly from Nova Scotia to South Carolina

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