phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions at

Phrases, Sayings and Idioms Home > Discussion Forum

Re: Bearded clam

Posted by Shae on February 18, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Bearded clam posted by R. Berg on February 17, 2003

: : where did that phrase come from(not the dirty version)

: I looked around using Google and found just a little information. A mollusk called the bearded clam lives in the Mediterranean Sea and was also listed among Korean exports. I didn't find a picture of it. I'm guessing that part of its body forms a fringe that might protrude from its shell. Any shellfish experts here?

I'm hardly an expert but I do have some books on the topic and I haven't found any mention of a bearded clam. Several bivalves such as scallops have a fringe of tentacles resembling a beard around the edge of both shells. Others, such as mussels, attach themselves to hard surfaces by a bysus - a bundle of hair-like threads often referred to as a beard.