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clambake

[klam-beyk] /ˈklæmˌbeɪk/
noun
1.
a picnic or social gathering at the seashore at which clams and other seafood are baked, sometimes with corn and other items, traditionally on hot stones under a covering of seaweed.
2.
Informal. any social gathering, especially a very noisy one.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; clam1 + bake
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British Dictionary definitions for clam-bake

clambake

/ˈklæmˌbeɪk/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
a picnic, often by the sea, at which clams, etc, are baked
2.
an informal party
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Word Origin and History for clam-bake

clambake

n.

1835, American English, from clam (n.) + bake (n.). By 1937 in jazz slang transferred to "an enjoyable time generally," especially "jam session."

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Slang definitions & phrases for clam-bake

clambake

noun
  1. Any gathering, meeting, convention, party, etc, esp a happy and noisy one (1940s+)
  2. jam session (1930s+ Jazz musicians)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for clam-bake

clambake

seafood picnic traditional in the New England region of the United States. Early settlers on the Atlantic Coast adopted and elaborated the practice from the coastal Indians, who steamed shellfish over hot stones under a covering of seaweed. Clambakes, best undertaken on a large scale, have long been a feature of civic and fraternal celebrations in areas where clams, lobsters, and fish are abundant

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