definitions
  • synonyms

quahog

or qua·haug

[ kwaw-hawg, -hog, kwoh-, koh-, kwuh-hawg, -hog ]
/ ˈkwɔ hɔg, -hɒg, kwoʊ-, ˈkoʊ-, kwəˈhɔg, -ˈhɒg /
|
SEE MORE SYNONYMS FOR quahog ON THESAURUS.COM

noun

an edible clam, Venus (Mercenaria) mercenaria, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic coast, having a relatively thick shell.

RELATED WORDS

mollusk, littleneck, cherrystone

Nearby words

quaff, quag, quagga, quaggy, quagmire, quahog, quai, quai d'orsay, quaich, quail, quail clock

Origin of quahog

1745–55, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) poquaûhock
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for quahog

British Dictionary definitions for quahog

quahog

/ (ˈkoʊˌhɒɡ) /

noun

an edible clam, Venus (or Mercenaria) mercenaria, native to the Atlantic coast of North America, having a large heavy rounded shellAlso called: hard-shell clam, hard-shell, round clam Compare soft-shell clam

Word Origin for quahog

C18: from Narraganset, short for poquauhock, from pohkeni dark + hogki shell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for quahog

quahog


n.

1753 (quogue; Roger Williams had it as poquauhock, 1643), from an Algonquian language, perhaps Narragansett poquauhock or Pequot p'quaghhaug "hard clam."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper