lit·​tle·​neck | \ˈli-tᵊl-ˌnek \

Definition of littleneck 

: a young quahog suitable to be eaten raw

called also littleneck clam

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The fresh linguine with local littlenecks was bland, its light broth lacking a clammy punch. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 But the Woodshed now also serves littleneck clams, beef ribs, brisket or chicken nachos, bulgogi tacos and a housemade fried pastrami-and-Swiss. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Here's where to find nachos, ice cream pops and more near Colonial | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 May 2018 The pristine and flawlessly handled seafood includes two Niantic, two Sagamore and two Wellfleet oysters, four littleneck clams, two jumbo shrimp, a shrimp & calamari salad, cocktail sauce and limoncello mignonette. Spencer Caldwell,, "Carbone's Prime, Rocky Hill," 24 Mar. 2018 Fresh clam white pizza at Zuppardi's, West Haven — At Zuppardi's, which originated in New Haven in 1932, shucked-to-order littleneck clams are baked on fresh dough with a mix of garlic and spices and served with lemon wedges. Frank Cohen,, "What Great Dishes Are On Your Own CT Bucket List? Here Are Our Picks," 21 Feb. 2018 But then there was that inspired puttanesca tossed with fusilli, and some wonderful potato gnocchi that were browned on one side and stirred into a buttery clam broth with tender littlenecks. Pete Wells, New York Times, "A Providence Chef Has Connections at the Docks," 3 Oct. 2017 Drop by the casual Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck for crab cakes, steamed littleneck clams, and summer risotto. Kate Donnelly, CNT, "What to Do in North Fork, Long Island This Weekend," 1 Sep. 2017 For the most elegant, delicate chowder, use littlenecks, which are small and tender enough to eat whole. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Clam Chowder That Tastes Like Summer," 1 Sep. 2017 If just stopping in for a drink and nibble, don't miss a taste of the White Horse 1673 Limbo IPA from the Long Trail Brewing Company in Vermont accompanied by a plate of raw, local littleneck clams. David Jefferys, CNT, "An Evening at the Oldest Bar in America," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of littleneck

1883, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for littleneck

Littleneck Bay, Long Island, New York

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