qua·​hog ˈkō-ˌhȯg How to pronounce quahog (audio) ˈkwȯ- How to pronounce quahog (audio)
variants or less commonly quahaug
: a thick-shelled edible clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) of the U.S.

Examples of quahog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The giant quahog isn’t the only way the state is marketing itself. Alexa Gagosz, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2023 Some highlights: Find quahog deals at markets like Andrade’s Catch in Bristol, American Mussel Harvesters, or Dave’s Fresh Marketplace. Find quahog menu specials. Lauren Daley, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Apr. 2023 Ming was an ocean quahog (Arctica islandica), also known as the mahogany quahog. Steven N. Austad, The Atlantic, 12 Aug. 2022 That means Lone Star State residents have plenty of prime shell-hunting territory, particularly on Little Shell and Big Shell beaches, where cockles, quahogs, and coquinas can be found. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 20 June 2023 Scientists believe incredible low metabolic rates of Lincoln and other quahogs are responsible for their long lives. James Call, USA TODAY, 3 Mar. 2023 Overland’s pearl grew in a Cherrystone Aqua Farms northern quahog in the Chesapeake Bay. Shannon Marvel McNaught, USA TODAY, 14 Oct. 2022 In this case, the clam was a northern quahog grown by Cherrystone Aqua Farms in the Chesapeake Bay. Shannon Marvel McNaught, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2022 The tribute would have taken the form of wampum, or shell beads, that New England Indians manufactured from local quahog (in the case of purple beads) and periwinkle and whelk (in the case of white beads). National Geographic, 19 Nov. 2020

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Word History


modification of Narragansett poquaûhock

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quahog was in 1753

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“Quahog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quahog. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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