Mercenaria

noun

Mer·​ce·​nar·​ia
ˌmərsᵊnˈa(a)rēə
: a genus of clams (family Veneridae) including the quahog

Word History

Etymology

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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“Mercenaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mercenaria. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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