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An edible clam (Mya arenaria) having a thin fragile shell and a long siphon, found especially along the Atlantic coast of North America. Also called soft clam, steamer.
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(Animals) any of several marine clams of the genus Mya, esp M. arenaria, an edible species of coastal regions of the US and Europe, having a thin brittle shell. Sometimes shortened to: soft-shell Compare quahog
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any usu. oval edible clam of the genus Mya, esp. M. arenaria, inhabiting waters along both coasts of North America. Also called steamer.
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|Noun||1.||soft-shell clam - a clam that is usually steamed in the shell|
Mya arenaria, soft-shell clam, long-neck clam, steamer clam, steamer - an edible clam with thin oval-shaped shell found in coastal regions of the United States and Europe
clam - flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
|2.||soft-shell clam - an edible clam with thin oval-shaped shell found in coastal regions of the United States and Europe|
clam - burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
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