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1 a clam that is usually steamed in the shell [syn: soft-shell clam, steamer clam, long-neck clam]
2 a cooking utensil that can be used to cook food by steaming it
3 a ship powered by one or more steam engines [syn: steamship]
4 an edible clam with thin oval-shaped shell found in coastal regions of the United States and Europe [syn: soft-shell clam, steamer clam, long-neck clam, Mya arenaria]

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  1. A cooking appliance that cooks by steaming.
  2. A vessel in which articles are subjected to the action of steam, as in washing, and in various processes of manufacture.
  3. A vessel propelled by steam; a steamship or steamboat.
  4. A steam-powered road locomotive; a traction engine.
  5. A wetsuit which has long sleeves and long legs.
  6. A dish of steamed clams.
  7. In the context of "birds": The steamer duck; a genus (Tachyeres) of ducks in the bird family Anatidae. All of the four species occur in South America, and all except one are flightless.
    Note: see Wikipedia article on w Tachyeres
  8. A food made by cooking diced meat very slowly in a tightly sealed pot, with a minimum of flavourings, allowing it to steam in its own juices. Popular circa 1850 but apparently no longer so by the 1900s.
    1864: of all the dishes ever brought to table, nothing equals that of the steamer — Edward Abbott, The English and Australian Cookery Book: Cookery for the Many, as Well as for the 'Upper Ten Thousand, London, 1864, in turn giving as his source "Australia, by Melville" (quoted in Acquired Tastes: Celebrating Australia's Culinary History, Colin Bannerman (and others), published by the National Library of Australia, 1998, ISBN 0-642-10693-2, page 14)
  9. A steam fire engine, a fire engine consisting of a steam boiler and engine, and pump which is driven by the engine, combined and mounted on wheels (Webster 1913).

Derived terms


cooking appliance
vessel in which articles are subjected to the action of steam
steamship or steamboat
traction engine
steamed clams
steamer duck

Extensive Definition

Steamer may refer to:

Food and drink

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Dungeness crab, Japanese crab, blue point, clam, coquillage, crab, crawdad, crawfish, crayfish, langouste, limpet, littleneck clam, lobster, mussel, oyster, periwinkle, prawn, quahog, scallop, shellfish, shrimp, snail, soft-shell crab, steamboat, steamship, whelk
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