lit·​tle·​neck | \ ˈli-tᵊl-ˌnek How to pronounce littleneck (audio) \

Definition of littleneck

: a young quahog suitable to be eaten raw

called also littleneck clam

Examples of littleneck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of the main courses, seek out the brodetto, a lively fish stew highlighted by razor and littleneck clams, mussels, chorizo and morcilla (blood sausage) in a complex broth with tomatoes and harissa. Phil Vettel,, "Reviews: Stephanie Izard’s Cabra and Chris Pandel’s Cira make Hoxton a dining destination," 28 June 2019 The Spaghetti Vongole Macchiato ($16) with fresh littleneck clams was tasty and very filling, with al dente pasta and juicy clams. Stephanie Schorow,, "A grandmother’s Italian recipes served with youthful flair," 27 June 2019 Of course there is a lobster roll on the menu (which local critics consider among the best in town), as well as blue mussels from Chatham, and Duxbury littleneck clams. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Best Restaurants in Boston," 16 July 2018 Try the pie topped with littleneck clams, mozzarella, roasted garlic and peperoncini. 2. Fox News, "America's top 5 pizza restaurants," 28 Jan. 2016 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

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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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“Littleneck.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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