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1. The shell of a clam.
2. Any of various devices that consist of two parts attached by a hinge and that open and close like a clamshell, especially a digging or dredging machine with a bucket that has hinged jaws or a handheld electronic device.


1. (Mechanical Engineering) chiefly US a dredging bucket that is hinged like the shell of a clam
2. (Aeronautics) aeronautics
a. an aircraft cockpit canopy hinged at the front and rear
b. the hinged door of a cargo aircraft
c. another name for eyelid2
3. any of a variety of objects hinged like the shell of a clam, such as a container for takeaway food, a portable computer, etc



1. the shell of a clam.
a. Also called clam′shell buck`et. a dredging bucket opening at the bottom, consisting of two similar pieces hinged together at the top.
b. a machine equipped with such a bucket.
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Noun1.clamshell - the shell of a clamclamshell - the shell of a clam      
shell - the hard largely calcareous covering of a mollusc or a brachiopod
2.clamshell - a dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam
dredging bucket - a bucket for lifting material from a channel or riverbed
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MiTAC said on its website the clamshell phone will come out in Europe by the end of the third quarter, although industry sources said it would more likely be the start of the fourth quarter, at between pounds 354 to pounds 375 before subsidies.