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clam

clam

 
pronunciation:
klaem
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: an animal with a soft body and a hard shell made of two hinged pieces that open and close. Many kinds of clams live in the ocean and in fresh water. People eat some kinds of clams. Clams are mollusks.
 
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: clammed, clamming, clams
definition 1: to search or dig for clams.
We went clamming at the beach.
definition 2: (informal) to refuse to speak (often followed by "up").
He clammed up when the teacher entered the room.
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