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“… but i just clam up i get too like …”

meanings of clam


  1. A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those that are edible; for example the soft-shell clam (Mya arenaria), the hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria), the sea clam or hen clam (Spisula solidissima), and other species. The name is said to have been given originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian bivalve.
  2. Acronym of Clip-on Load Adjusting Mechanism. A device that can be fitted onto an oar to adjust set.
  3. Mouth (Now found mostly in the expression shut one's clam).
  4. A kind of vise, usually of wood.
  5. A Scientologist.
  6. One who clams up; a taciturn person, one who refuses to speak.
  7. Clamminess; moisture.
  8. A crash or clangor made by ringing all the bells of a chime at once.
  9. Strong pincers or forceps.
  10. Alternative form of CLAM.
  11. A dollar.
  12. A vagina.


  1. To dig for clams.
  2. To produce, in bellringing, a clam or clangor; to cause to clang.
  3. To be moist or glutinous; to stick; to adhere.
  4. To clog, as with glutinous or viscous matter.


  1. Clammy.

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