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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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 But geoducks were specifically excluded from the list of species that could be harvested. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "This Centuries-Old Geoduck Shell May Rewrite the Rules About Who Can Harvest the Fancy Clam," 27 Aug. 2019 Shellfish that can contain the toxins include clams, mussels, oysters, geoducks, cockles and crab viscera, known as crab butter. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Eating shellfish you’ve harvested yourself is risky - and can be deadly," 6 July 2019 Other undersea crops being grown in Alaska include urchins, sea cucumbers, mussels and giant geoduck clams. Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska’s fledgling mariculture industry expands its reach; former Dunleavy staffer named to fish board," 5 June 2019 Washington authorities said the PSP has been discovered in clams, geoducks, scallops, mussels and oysters at the beaches. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Washington bans shellfish harvesting after high levels of toxins found," 30 Aug. 2018 Kohan said the true impact of the tariffs should be better known in the coming weeks as more geoducks and other seafood is shipped to China and processors begin making decisions on where to send their products now that the tariffs are in place. Author: Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Some Alaska seafood exports escape China’s retaliatory tariffs," 13 July 2018 The book is packed with facts — from the weight of an octopus (150 pounds) to the length of a killer whale’s teeth (3 to 4 inches), from how deep a harbor seal can dive (1,630 feet) to the life span of a geoduck (168 years). Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "New children’s book dives deep into the Salish Sea," 23 Apr. 2018 There are more than 600 active commercial permits in fisheries most affected by otters — urchins, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers and Dungeness crabs. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskans make new push to kill more sea otters, saying they’re decimating Southeast shellfish," 17 Mar. 2018

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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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