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 for Spisula solidissima
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sea clam \Sea" clam`\ (Zool.)
     Any one of the large bivalve mollusks found on the open
     seacoast, especially those of the family Mactridae, as the
     common American species. ({Mactra solidissima or Spisula
     solidissima); -- called also beach clam, and surf clam.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Surf \Surf\, n. [Formerly spelled suffe, and probably the same
     word as E. sough.]
     The swell of the sea which breaks upon the shore, esp. upon a
     sloping beach.
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     Surf bird (Zool.), a ploverlike bird of the genus
        Aphriza, allied to the turnstone.
     Surf clam (Zool.), a large clam living on the open coast,
        especially Mactra solidissima (syn. Spisula
        solidissima). See Mactra.
     Surf duck (Zool.), any one of several species of sea ducks
        of the genus Oidemia, especially Oidemia
        percpicillata; -- called also surf scoter. See the Note
        under Scoter.
     Surf fish (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
        California embiotocoid fishes. See Embiotocoid.
     Surf smelt. (Zool.) See Smelt.
     Surf whiting. (Zool.) See under Whiting.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clam \Clam\ (kl[a^]m), n. [Cf. Clamp, Clam, v. t.,
     1. (Zool.) A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those
        that are edible; as, the long clam ({Mya arenaria), the
        quahog or round clam ({Venus mercenaria), the sea clam or
        hen clam ({Spisula solidissima), and other species of the
        United States. The name is said to have been given
        originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian
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              You shall scarce find any bay or shallow shore, or
              cove of sand, where you may not take many clampes,
              or lobsters, or both, at your pleasure. --Capt. John
                                                    Smith (1616).
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              Clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a
              cockle; it lieth under the sand.      --Wood (1634).
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     2. (Ship Carp.) Strong pinchers or forceps.
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     3. pl. (Mech.) A kind of vise, usually of wood.
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     Blood clam. See under Blood.
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