geoduck


geo·duck

noun \ˈgü-ē-ˌdək\

Definition of GEODUCK

:  a large edible burrowing clam (Panopea generosa syn. P. abrupta) of the Pacific coast of North America that usually weighs two to three pounds (about one kilogram)

Origin of GEODUCK

Lushootseed (Salishan language of the Puget Sound region) gʷídəq
First Known Use: 1881

geoduck

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Marine bivalve (Panopea generosa) that inhabits the intertidal zone of the Pacific coast from southern Alaska to Baja California. It is the largest known burrowing bivalve, with a shell about 7–9 in. (18–23 cm) long and siphons that extend up to about 4 ft (1.3 m). It may weigh as much as 8 lbs (3.6 kg). Though highly prized for food, it lives in deep burrows and is difficult to dig out (the name probably derives from an Indian phrase meaning “dig deep”). Similar species are found in other parts of the world.

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