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- (transitive) To remove the beard from (mussels, clams, seeds, etc.).
2007 June 27, “Recipe: Asian Noodle Soup With Seafood”, New York Times:
- 3 ounces soba noodles 3 cups fish stock 1 tablespoon slivered ginger 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon Thai fish sauce 1/4 pound fresh oyster mushrooms, sliced 8 littleneck clams, scrubbed 12 mussels, scrubbed and debearded 1/2 pound rock shrimp (sold shelled) 1 tablespoon lime juice, plus 1 lime, quartered, for serving 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves 4 scallions, trimmed, halved lengthwise and slant-cut 2 baby bok choy, sliced lengthwise Chili flakes or Japanese sansho pepper, to taste.