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butter clam

a large edible clam, Saxidomus nuttalli, of the west coast of North America.
Also called Washington clam, money shell.
Origin of butter clam
1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The specialty is local seafood, from various oysters to grilled herring and tartare of butter clam.
  • The best butter clam area is on the spit at the north end of the island.
  • For this reason an area can be closed to varnish and butter clam harvest but open for other species.

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