Meaning of clamshell

clam•shell

Pronunciation: (klam'shel"), [key]
— n.
  1. the shell of a clam.
    1. Also calledclam&prim;shell buck&sec;et.a dredging bucket opening at the bottom, consisting of two similar pieces hinged together at the top.
    2. a machine equipped with such a bucket.
  2. a platen press.
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