Mer·ce·nar·ia | \ˌmərsᵊnˈa(a)rēə\

Definition of Mercenaria 

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

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History and Etymology for Mercenaria

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

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