razor clam

noun
any bivalve mollusk of the family Solenidae, especially of the genus Ensis, having a long, rectangular, slightly curved shell.
Also called jackknife clam.


Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

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The razor clam, a filter feeder, relies on plankton for food.
Hardy souls catching steelhead, looking forward to razor clam dig.
The life cycle of the razor clam is simple and unique.
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