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quahog

noun

qua·​hog


| \ˈkō-ˌhȯg,

ˈkwȯ-, ˈkwō-, -ˌhäg\

variants:

or less commonly
quahaug

Definition of quahog 

: a thick-shelled edible clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) of the U.S.

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Tanks are filled with fish and sea creatures; brave kids can gently (with two fingers) touch lobsters, quahogs, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other marine life.

BostonGlobe.com, “How to do Cape Cod on a budget,” 6 June 2018



Now scientists like Saba want to know what might happen to animals that live in the Northeast, a region home to commercially important fishes, wild stocks of quahogs (clams), scallops, and surf clams that can’t swim away from growing acidic waters.

Eric Niiler, National Geographic, “The Ocean Is Getting More Acidic—What That Actually Means,” 15 June 2018



Explore the 18th-century ghost town of Portsmouth Village, and bring a shortboard for the beach break, a rake for hunting quahogs, and plenty of fishing gear for the drum and snapper lurking in the deep blue water.

The Editors, Outside Online, “North America’s 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches,” 1 June 2018



This region is home to commercially important fishes, as well as wild stocks of quahogs, scallops, and surf clams that can’t swim away from growing acidic waters.

Eric Niiler, WIRED, “Ocean Acidification Could Be a Net Positive for Some Fish,” 30 Mar. 2018



Whether digging their own or buying them, most people use briny, flavorful quahog clams.

David Tanis, New York Times, “A Clam Chowder That Tastes Like Summer,” 1 Sep. 2017



The research will include a project to try to explain changes in the abundance of ocean quahogs.

Associated Press, Washington Post, “Science center to fund research into surf clams, quahogs,” 28 May 2017



Ming, a quahog clam, died at the age of 507 when researchers tried to dredge the bivalve up from Icelandic waters.

Paul Nicklen, National Geographic, “Meet the Animal That Lives for 11,000 Years,” 23 July 2016

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First Known Use of quahog

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quahog

modification of Narragansett poquaûhock

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quahog

noun

English Language Learners Definition of quahog

: a type of large clam that is eaten as food

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quahog

or qua·haug

[kwaw-hawg, -hog, kwoh-, koh-, kwuhhawg, –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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for quahog

mollusk , littleneck , quahog , cherrystone


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Contemporary Examples of quahog

  • Quahog is a rich world full of despicable, immoral, and implausibly selfish characters.

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    ‘Family Guy’ Killed Off Brian Last Night. It Was the Right Move.

    Kevin Fallon

    November 25, 2013

Historical Examples of quahog

  • The ‘neck’ is a foot, and it’s little because the quahog doesn’t burrow deep.

    The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • It is to this family that the quahog or hard clam of our markets belongs.

    The Animal World, A Book of Natural History

    Theodore Wood

  • Quahog, kwa-hog′, n. the common round clam of the North American Atlantic coast.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 3 of 4: N-R)

    Various

  • The quahog is a thick-shelled, roundish mollusk with a distinctly heart-shaped outline when looked at endwise.

    Zoology: The Science of Animal Life

    Ernest Ingersoll

  • The former (Venus mercenaria) was called by the Indians “quahog,” and is still so called in the Eastern states.

    A Civic Biology

    George William Hunter


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

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
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

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qua·hog

also qua·haug  (kō′hôg′, -hŏg′, kwô′-, kwō′-)

n.

An edible clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) of the Atlantic coast of North America, having a hard rounded shell. Also called hard-shell clam, round clam.

[Narragansett poquaûhock.]

quahog

(ˈkəʊˌhɒɡ) ,

quohog

or

quahaug

n

(Animals) an edible clam, Venus (or Mercenaria) mercenaria, native to the Atlantic coast of North America, having a large heavy rounded shell. Also called: hard-shell clam, hard-shell or round clam Compare soft-shell clam
[C18: from Narraganset, short for poquauhock, from pohkeni dark + hogki shell]

qua•hog

or qua•haug

(ˈkoʊ hɔg, -hɒg, ˈkwoʊ-, ˈkwɔ-)

n.

a thick-shelled, edible clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, of Atlantic North American coasts.
[1745–55, Amer.; < Narragansett (E sp.) poquaûhock]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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Noun1.quahog - Atlantic coast round clams with hard shellsquahog – Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes

hard-shell clam , quahaug , round clam
Mercenaria mercenaria , hard clam , Venus mercenaria , hard-shell clam , quahaug , quahog , round clam – an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians
clam – flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
littleneck , littleneck clam – a quahog when young and small; usually eaten raw; an important food popular in New York
cherrystone , cherrystone clam – small quahog larger than a littleneck; eaten raw or cooked as in e.g. clams casino
2.quahog - an edible American clamquahog – an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians

hard clam , Mercenaria mercenaria , Venus mercenaria , quahaug , round clam , hard-shell clam
clam – burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
genus Venus , Venus – type genus of the family Veneridae: genus of edible clams with thick oval shells
littleneck , littleneck clam – a young quahog
cherrystone , cherrystone clam – a half-grown quahog
hard-shell clam , quahaug , quahog , round clam – Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes

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The front door walk is bordered with quahog clam-shells — `cow-hawks,’ Janet calls them; there is Virginia Creeper over the porch and moss on the roof.

Anne had not been especially enthusiastic over the idea of surrounding her flower beds with quahog shells; as a decoration they did not appeal to her on first thought.

He is old, he tells us, “in the way that a tree, or a quahog clam, or a Renaissance painting is old.

Whether digging their own or buying them, most people use briny, flavourful quahog clams.

The Quahog, Rhode Island native is known for his inappropriate behavior and constantly getting drunk.

West had a number of voiceover roles after playing Batman including, more recently, as mayor of Quahog in the cartoon Family Guy.

West’s career had seen something of a resurgence in recent years; he was the voice of eccentric Mayor Quahog on Fox’s Family Guy .

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Mud is ideal for delicate blonde and red sea pens and burrowing animals like langoustine and ocean quahog.

There are two species of hard clam in Florida: the northern quahog (Mercenaria mercenaria) and the southern quahog (Mercenaria campechiensis).

So the Haudenosaunee recorded the treaty in their traditional way, in a wampum belt of purple and white beads crafted from quahog shells.

Ocean Quahog THESE fascinating sea creatures also know as Bivalve Mollusc Arctica Islandica look like a shell and can live up to 500 years

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