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quahog

or qua·haug

[ kwaw-hawg, -hog, kwoh-, koh-, kwuh-hawg, -hog ]
/ ˈkwɔ hɔg, -hɒg, kwoʊ-, ˈkoʊ-, kwəˈhɔg, -ˈhɒg /
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noun

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

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Origin of quahog

First recorded in 1745–55, Americanism; from Narragansett (English spelling) poquaûhock
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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
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