surf clam


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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Recent Examples on the Web Waves had kicked surf clams out of the offshore sediments and strewn them on the shore, where seagulls were trying to figure out how to fly off with such heavy larder. William Sargent, The Christian Science Monitor, "Of plovers and pandemics: Reflections on resilience from Sandy Point," 28 Apr. 2020 Now scientists like Saba want to know what might happen to animals that live in the Northeast, a region home to commercially important fishes, wild stocks of quahogs (clams), scallops, and surf clams that can't swim away from growing acidic waters. Eric Niiler, National Geographic, "The Ocean Is Getting More Acidic—What That Actually Means," 15 June 2018 This region is home to commercially important fishes, as well as wild stocks of quahogs, scallops, and surf clams that can't swim away from growing acidic waters. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Ocean Acidification Could Be a Net Positive for Some Fish," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of surf clam

1884, in the meaning defined above

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“Surf clam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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