Soft-shell clams

soft-shell clam

noun
an edible clam, Mya arenaria, inhabiting waters along both coasts of North America, having an oval, relatively thin, whitish shell.
Also called long clam, long-neck clam, soft clam, steamer, steamer clam.


Origin:
1790–1800, Americanism

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soft-shell clam
 
n
Compare quahog Sometimes shortened to: soft-shell any of several marine clams of the genus Mya, esp M. arenaria, an edible species of coastal regions of the US and Europe, having a thin brittle shell

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