Definition of Giant clam

1. Noun. A large clam inhabiting reefs in the southern Pacific and weighing up to 500 pounds.

Exact synonyms: Tridacna Gigas
Generic synonyms: Clam
Group relationships: Genus Tridacna, Tridacna

Lexicographical Neighbors of Giant Clam

giant cell fibroma
giant cell granuloma
giant cell hepatitis
giant cell hyaline angiopathy
giant cell monstrocellular sarcoma of Zulch
giant cell myeloma
giant cell pneumonia
giant cell sarcoma
giant cell thyroiditis
giant cell tumour
giant cell tumour of bone
giant cell tumour of tendon sheath
giant cell tumours
giant chinkapin
giant clam (current term)
giant cockroach
giant conch
giant coreopsis
giant crab
giant drusen
giant eland
giant fern
giant fir
giant follicular lymphoblastoma
giant follicular thyroiditis
giant forest hog
giant foxtail

Literary usage of Giant clam

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The American Cyclopædia: A Popular Dictionary of General Knowledge by Charles Anderson Dana (1873)
"... but differs materially from others of the same stock. CLAM, a common name for several species of bivalve shells. The largest of these, the giant clam, ..."

2. Living Creatures of Water, Land and Air: For the Fourth Reader Grade by John Monteith (1888)
"The giant-clam shell is convenient as a receptacle. How immense it is! ... Many years ago a giant-clam shell was presented to the Church of St. Sulpice in ..."

3. Elements of conchology by Lovell Reeve (1860)
"... called the giant clam, are a tribe of sluggish animals living in beds of many specimens together among the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Seas. ..."

4. Appleton's New Practical Cyclopedia: A New Work of Reference Based Upon the edited by Marcus Benjamin, Arthur Elmore Bostwick, Gerald Van Casteel, George Jotham Hagar (1920)
"The term giant clam is also applied to Tridacna gigas, the largest of bivalves, whose shells attain a weight of 250 lbs. each, and are sometimes used in ..."

5. The Strange Adventures of Captain Quinton: Being a Truthful Record of the by Robert Quinton (1912)
"The shark's head was out of water and it beat the surface and snapped its teeth in impotent rage, but the giant clam held it fast and it is impossible to ..."

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