• An edible <xref>clam</xref> with a hard shell found along the Atlantic Coast of <xref>North America</xref>. (scientific name <xref>Venus mercenaria</xref>)
  • Large clams used in chowders and other clam dishes.
  • Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes
  • an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians
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