lit·​tle·​neck ˈli-tᵊl-ˌnek How to pronounce littleneck (audio)
: a young quahog suitable to be eaten raw

called also littleneck clam

Examples of littleneck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Everything is cooked to order, with lobsters being the star of this show, alongside a raw bar of oysters, littlenecks, and cherrystone clams. Michelle Gross, Travel + Leisure, 10 June 2023 Mussels and littleneck clams are also offered at special pricing. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 17 Sep. 2022

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Word History


Littleneck Bay, Long Island, New York

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of littleneck was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Littleneck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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