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 At the Fort Point restaurant, Row 34, Jeremy Sewall steams littleneck clams in the saison ale brewed by Trillium, which is around the corner., 19 Oct. 2021 Rustic Grill at Stonewater will bring back its popular annual clambake event on Oct. 15, serving up clam chowder, littleneck clams, Old Bay potatoes, kale Caesar slaw salad, corn, chicken or a strip steak. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 Rita Cantina serves resplendent tuna ceviche tostadas and pairs local littleneck clams with chorizo, serrano chiles and Tecate. Andy Wang, Robb Report, 14 July 2021 Dock Street Bar & Grill, Carrol's Creek Cafe, Cantler's Riverside Inn, Boatyard Bar & Grill, and O'Learys Seafood Restaurant all serve up area favorites alongside the usual suspects: peel 'n' eat shrimp, crab boils, littleneck clams, and rockfish. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 18 June 2021 Visit July 20 or 27 and enjoy a traditional New England clambake — complete with littleneck clams, potatoes, corn, and lobster — overlooking Narragansett Bay ($125 per person)., 19 May 2021 There’s also a steamed littleneck clam kit ($22) that pairs perfectly with fresh bread or pasta; video cooking instructions are featured on the restaurant’s Instagram page. Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2020 There’s also raw littleneck clams on the half-shell with big ocean brine and bite. Mike Sutter,, 23 Dec. 2020 For this dish, use small clams, such as countneck or littleneck, which are more tender than larger ones. 1. Lisa Zwirn,, 10 June 2019 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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