geo·​duck | \ ˈgü-ē-ˌdək How to pronounce geoduck (audio) \

Definition of geoduck

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Southeast divers also are targeting giant geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, "Lower supplies of wild Pacific salmon by major producers push up prices," 6 Oct. 2020 Divers in Southeast continue to pull up giant geoduck clams and crabbers are into a two-month summer fishery for Dungeness based on a strong start to the season. Anchorage Daily News, "Pandemic’s effect on global seafood industry demand and pricing will be long-lasting, report says," 7 July 2020 The geoduck divers also tax themselves 7% to cover SARDFA’s $50,000 administrative costs. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska shellfish farmers and divers object to paying for federally required lab tests," 17 Mar. 2020 And therefore, the geoduck fishery would close down. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska shellfish farmers and divers object to paying for federally required lab tests," 17 Mar. 2020 Lingcod also is open in Southeast, where divers also have wrapped up a 2 million-pound sea cucumber fishery and are still tapping on giant geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, "Federal cash should soon be in hand for Alaska fishermen, processors and towns hurt by the 2016 pink salmon failure," 21 Jan. 2020 Red Pearl offers more than four-dozen seafood dishes, including some that are seasonally available (eel, blue crab, geoduck). Eric Velasco, al, "This restaurant and market serves some of Birmingham’s most authentic Chinese food," 21 Jan. 2020 The red, snow, and king crabs are enormous and tender; the weathervane scallops, razor and geoduck clams, spot prawns, and wild salmon are ubiquitous. Harry Pearson, Condé Nast Traveler, "To Best Experience Alaska’s Burgeoning Local Food Movement, Go in Winter," 20 Dec. 2019 The commercial harvesting of geoduck clams has been closed since the last week of July. Kimberly Cauvel, The Seattle Times, "Shellfish harvesting closed in Skagit County because of biotoxin," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of geoduck

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for geoduck

Lushootseed (Salishan language of the Puget Sound region) gʷídəq

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The first known use of geoduck was in 1881

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14 Oct 2020

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“Geoduck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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