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Shellfish belonging to the 'Pinnidae' family and occurring in shallow water in most parts of the world.
They are distinguishable by their fan like shell which can grow up to 75cm/29 inches. But being large, the muscular meat is rather chewy, and although it can be prepared in the style of a scallop, is more suited for making soup, although in South East Asia, it's chopped and fried with coriander. See 'Shellfish'