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Noun: hard-shell clam
  1. Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes
    - quahaug, quahog, round clam
  2. An edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians
    - quahog, quahaug, hard clam, round clam, Venus mercenaria, Mercenaria mercenaria

Derived forms: hard-shell clams

Type of: clam

Part of: genus Venus, Venus

Encyclopedia: Hard-shell clam