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Definition of Clam

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shellfish, edible marine mollusk; nontalkative person (Slang)
gather clams
Clam Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
JM Latin-English Dictionary
ADV
secretly| in secret| unknown to; privately; covertly; by fraud
LATIN- ENGLISH (AZAD)
secretly, in secret, stealthily..
Latin-English Online Dictionary
secretly, in secret
Clam Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter.
  
(v. t.)
Strong pinchers or forceps.
  
(v. t.)
A kind of vise, usually of wood.
  
(v. t.)
A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; as, the long clam (Mya arenaria), the quahog or round clam (Venus mercenaria), the sea clam or hen clam (Spisula solidissima), and other species of the United States. The name is said to have been given originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian bivalve.
  
(v. t. & i.)
To produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang.
  
(v. i.)
To be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere.
  
(n.)
Claminess; moisture.
  
(n.)
A crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once.
  
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clam
\clam\ (clăm), v. t. [imp. & p. p. clammed (klămd); p. pr. & vb. n. clamming.] [cf. as. cl?man to clam, smear; akin to icel. kleima to smear, ohg. kleimjan, chleimen, to defile, or e. clammy.] to clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter. a swarm of wasps got into a honey pot, and there they cloyed and clammed themselves till there was no getting out again.
clam
\clam\, v. i. to be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere. [r.]
clam
\clam\, n. claminess; moisture. [r.] "the clam of death." arlyle.
clam
\clam\, n. [abbrev. fr. clamor.] a crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once.
clam
\clam\, v. t. & i. to produce, in bell ringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang.
clam
\clam\ (?), n. [cf. clamp, clam, v. t., clammy.]
1. (zo?l.) a bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; as, the long clam (mya arenaria), the quahog or round clam (venus mercenaria), the sea clam or hen clam (spisula solidissima), and other species of the united states. the name is said to have been given originally to the tridacna gigas, a huge east indian bivalve. you shall scarce find any bay or shallow shore, or cove of sand, where you may not take many clampes, or lobsters, or both, at your pleasure. apt. john smith (1616). clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a cockle; it lieth under the sand.
2. (ship carp.) strong pinchers or forceps.
3. pl. (mech.) a kind of vise, usually of wood.


  similar words(22) 



 gaper clam 
 hard-shell clam 
 hen clam 
 little-neck clam 
 long-neck clam 
 hard clam 
 blood clam 
 soft-shell clam 
 soft clam 
 littleneck clam 
 round clam 
 giant clam 
 razor clam 
 jackknife clam 
 rasor clam 
 steamer clam 
 tea clam 
 surf clam 
 beach clam 
 clam up 
 long clam 
 hard-shelled clam 
ENGLISH IDIOMS 2.EDITION
dollar, buck He paid a hundred clams for that radio.
The Phrase Finder
Origin
The full version is 'as happy as a clam at high tide'. Clams enjoy such times as they are free from the attentions of predators then.
John G Saxe, the American writer best known for his poem 'The Blind Men and the Elephant', used the phrase in his 'Sonnet to a Clam', in the late 1840s:
Inglorious friend! most confident I am
Thy life is one of very little ease;
Albeit men mock thee with their similes,
And prate of being "happy as a clam!"
What though thy shell protects thy fragile head
From the sharp bailiffs of the briny sea?
Thy valves are, sure, no safety-valves to thee,
While rakes are free to desecrate thy bed,
And bear thee off, - as foemen take their spoil,
Far from thy friends and family to roam;
Forced, like a Hessian, from thy native home,
To meet destruction in a foreign broil!
Though thou art tender, yet thy humble bard
Declares, 0 clam! thy case is shocking hard!
The phrase probably originated in the US before the 1840s. In 1848 the Southern Literary Messenger - Richmond, Virginia expressed the opinion that that the phrase "is familiar to every one".
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English Idioms WM 1.3a
dollar, buck 
He paid a hundred clams for that radio.
English Phonetics

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Anagram
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Australian Slang
(pl.) money
(of a male) to have sexual intercourse with a woman
Low Life Glossary
noun. One U.S. dollar.
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud
(hypernym) bivalve, pelecypod, lamellibranch
(hyponym) soft-shell clam, steamer, steamer clam, long-neck clam, Mya arenaria
2. a piece of paper money worth one dollar
(synonym) dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill, buck
(hypernym) bill, note, government note, bank bill, banker's bill, bank note, banknote, Federal Reserve note, greenback
(classification) United States, United States of America, America, US, U.S., USA, U.S.A.
3. flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
(hypernym) shellfish
(hyponym) quahaug, quahog, hard-shell clam, round clam

Verb
1. gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean
(hypernym) gather, garner, collect, pull together
Clam Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
A clam is a generic term for many kinds of bivalve molluscs, some of which are edible.

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Clam Definition from Society & Culture Dictionaries & Glossaries
Environmental Engineering (English ver.)
A mollusk with a hinged shell in two parts(bi-valve) and a soft body. An filter feeder in flowing fresh and salt waters.
Clam Definition from Medicine Dictionaries & Glossaries
DietWatch™ Nutrition Facts
Amount per 100g:
Calories.......................74
Total Fat......................1 g
• Saturated Fat.................0 g
Cholesterol..................34 mg
Sodium........................56 mg
Total Carbohydrate......3 g
• Dietary Fiber...................0 g
Protein.........................13 g
 Vitamin A  300 IU   Vitamin C  13 mg
 Calcium    46 mg    Iron         14 mg
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