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quahog

or qua·haug

[kwaw-hawg, -hog, kwoh-, koh-, kwuh-hawg, -hog]
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noun
  1. an edible clam, Venus (Mercenaria) mercenaria, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic coast, having a relatively thick shell.
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Origin of quahog

1745–55, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) poquaûhock
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mollusk, littleneck, quahog, cherrystone

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British Dictionary definitions for quahog

quahog

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

C18: from Narraganset, short for poquauhock, from pohkeni dark + hogki shell
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Word Origin and History for quahog

n.

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

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