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 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, "2020 was the year of the restaurant DIY meal kit. Here are 10 options to ring in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 There’s also raw littleneck clams on the half-shell with big ocean brine and bite. Mike Sutter,, "Critic’s picks: The best 25 San Antonio restaurant dishes of 2020, from an enchilada-puffy taco hybrid to roasted octopus," 23 Dec. 2020 For this dish, use small clams, such as countneck or littleneck, which are more tender than larger ones. 1. Lisa Zwirn,, "Recipe: Cook the Sardinian pasta fregola in a tomato-based broth with clams," 10 June 2019 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

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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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9 Jan 2021

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“Littleneck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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