noun Mer·ce·nar·ia \ˌmərsənˈa(a)rēə\

Definition of Mercenaria

  1. :  a genus of clams (family Veneridae) including the quahog

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Origin and Etymology of mercenaria

New Latin, from Latin, feminine of mercenarius mercenary; from the use of the shells of Mercenaria mercenaria as wampum beads by American Indians — more at mercenary

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a trip made at another's expense

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