Clam - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |klæm|  American pronunciation of the word clam
Brit.  |klæm|  British pronunciation of the word clam

noun

- burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
- a piece of paper money worth one dollar (syn: buck, dollar)
- flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams

verb

- gather clams, by digging in the sand by the ocean

Examples

clam chowder (=a type of soup)

The moment I said I was a police officer, everyone would close up like a clam.

Our specialty is clam chowder.

I told you to clam up, we don't want the whole world knowing our plans.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: clam
he/she/it: clams
present participle: clamming
past tense: clammed
past participle: clammed
noun
singular: clam
plural: clams
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