1. A seashore picnic where clams, fish, corn, and other foods are traditionally baked on heated stones covered with seaweed.
2. A dish consisting of clams and other seafood mixed with other ingredients, especially corn and potatoes, and then boiled or steamed in a large pot.
3. Informal A noisy or lively party or gathering.
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