coquina (clam)

coquina (clam)
Any clam of the genus Donax, inhabiting sandy beaches worldwide.

Coquinas are very active; they migrate up and down beaches with the tide and can reburrow between waves. They have short siphons and feed on suspended plant material and detritus. A typical species, D. variabilis, measures about 0.4–1 in. (10–25 mm) in length. Its shell is wedge-shaped and varies from white, yellow, and pink to blue and mauve.

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  • coquina — noun Etymology: Spanish, probably diminutive of coca head, alteration of coco bogeyman, coconut Date: 1837 1. a soft whitish limestone formed of broken shells and corals cemented together and used for building 2. a small wedge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • coquina — n. soft whitish stone that resembles a coral which is formed of fragments of shells and corals (used as building material); pompano, small clam common on the intertidal region of eastern and southern USA …   English contemporary dictionary

  • butterfly-shell clam — /but euhr fluy shel / coquina. * * * …   Universalium

  • pompano clam — noun also pompano shell : a bivalve of the genus Donax : coquina …   Useful english dictionary

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