Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The surf-clam, Mactra solidissima, a large heavy bivalve, used for food, sharing with some others the names of hen-clam., round clam, etc.
  • n. A clam, clamp, or forceps closed by a weight, for use with deep-sea sounding-lines.

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Examples

  • There were a couple of wicker chairs with soiled, makeshift pillows and a rusted tray table that held a sea-clam shell overflowing with cigarette butts.

    Some Assembly Required

  • Our host told us that the sea-clam, or hen, was not easily obtained; it was raked up, but never on the Atlantic side, only cast ashore there in small quantities in storms.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • They don't know how long I've been countin 'on a sea-clam pie.

    Keziah Coffin

  • He looked as if he sometimes saw a doughnut, but never descended to comfort; too grave to laugh, too tough to cry; as indifferent as a clam, -- like a sea-clam with hat on and legs, that was out walking the strand.

    Cape Cod

  • (Also, see Thomas Morton's New English Canaan, page 90.) Our host told us that the sea-clam, or hen, was not easily obtained; it was raked up, but never on the Atlantic side, only cast ashore there in small quantities in storms.

    Cape Cod

  • He also told us that the clam which I had was the sea-clam, or hen, and was good to eat.

    Cape Cod

  • Sailors and passengers indulged in the treacherous delicacy; which seems to have been the sea-clam; and found that these mollusks, like the shell the poet tells of, remembered their august abode, and treated the way-worn adventurers to a gastric reminiscence of the heaving billows.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Works

  • Over the past decade, Clem & Ursie's Restaurant in Provincetown drew in crowds with its fresh sushi and sea-clam pie with Portuguese spice.

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  • Susan Avelar, a board member of the Provincetown Chamber of Commerce, said Clem's was one of only two places left in Provincetown to buy sea-clam pie.

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