how to pronounce clamshell


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clamshell is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of clamshell in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… polystyrene clamshell we spend millions …”

meanings of clamshell


  1. The shell of a clam.
  2. A dredging bucket with hinges like the shell of a clam.
  3. Any object that has a hinge on one edge and two surfaces that close together.
  4. In food service, the closing box (usually styrofoam but sometimes cardboard) given to consumers with take-out food.
  5. An amphitheater, especially an outdoor amphitheater; the semi-circular acoustic backdrop behind and above the performers.


  1. Similar to the operation of a clam's shell, having a hinge with two sides closing together.

clamshell frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word clamshell occurs in english on average 0.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics clamshell can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that clamshell can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) food and health;

3) life, nature, and living environment;

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