qua·​hog | \ ˈkō-ˌhȯg How to pronounce quahog (audio) , ˈkwȯ- How to pronounce quahog (audio) , ˈkwō-, -ˌhäg \
variants: or less commonly quahaug

Definition of quahog

: a thick-shelled edible clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) of the U.S.

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Recent Examples on the Web Andrade’s Catch has managed to support quahog sales, at least at a small scale. New York Times, "One Shop Became a Lifeline for Rhode Island’s Solitary Clam Fishermen," 27 Mar. 2020 The group is working with four shellfish farmers to grow quahogs in Maine and study the results. USA TODAY, "‘Nightmare’ roof, fire-starting drones, Pennywise Jeep: News from around our 50 states," 29 Oct. 2019 Ocean quahogs are declining near the Cape and increasing to the north, both because of warming and ocean acidification. BostonGlobe.com, "A short documentary exploring climate change on Cape Cod," 26 Sep. 2019 They were perfectly preserved inside the shells of southern quahogs. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Evidence of ancient meteorites found in Florida fossil clams," 23 July 2019 Pinsky points to species such as Atlantic halibut, winter flounder, and ocean quahog that have disappeared from historical habitats and are important to fisheries. National Geographic, "Ocean species are disappearing faster than those on land," 24 Apr. 2019 Tanks are filled with fish and sea creatures; brave kids can gently (with two fingers) touch lobsters, quahogs, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, and other marine life. BostonGlobe.com, "How to do Cape Cod on a budget," 6 June 2018 Now scientists like Saba want to know what might happen to animals that live in the Northeast, a region home to commercially important fishes, wild stocks of quahogs (clams), scallops, and surf clams that can't swim away from growing acidic waters. Eric Niiler, National Geographic, "The Ocean Is Getting More Acidic—What That Actually Means," 15 June 2018 Explore the 18th-century ghost town of Portsmouth Village, and bring a shortboard for the beach break, a rake for hunting quahogs, and plenty of fishing gear for the drum and snapper lurking in the deep blue water. The Editors, Outside Online, "North America's 16 Best, Most Overlooked Beaches," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of quahog

1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quahog

modification of Narragansett poquaûhock

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“Quahog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quahog. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of quahog

US : a type of large clam that is eaten as food

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