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 Divers continue going down for over half a million pounds of geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, 13 Apr. 2021 About 150 divers are finishing up a 1.7 million-pound sea cucumber harvest and 50 more are still going down for over half a million pounds of geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, 9 Feb. 2021 Divers are still tapping on a 1.7 million pound sea cucumber harvest; divers also continue fishing for over half a million pounds of giant geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, 19 Jan. 2021 Other Alaska species include Dungeness crab, king crab, snow crab and Tanners, geoduck clams, sablefish, herring, pollock, flounders, mackerel, perch and turbot. Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2021 Southeast divers also are targeting giant geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, 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, 7 July 2020 The geoduck divers also tax themselves 7% to cover SARDFA’s $50,000 administrative costs. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2020 And therefore, the geoduck fishery would close down. Anchorage Daily News, 17 Mar. 2020

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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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“Geoduck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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