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 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 Andrade’s Catch has managed to support quahog sales, at least at a small scale. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2020 The group is working with four shellfish farmers to grow quahogs in Maine and study the results. USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2019 Ocean quahogs are declining near the Cape and increasing to the north, both because of warming and ocean acidification. BostonGlobe.com, 26 Sep. 2019 They were perfectly preserved inside the shells of southern quahogs. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 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, 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, 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, 15 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 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quahog

: a type of large clam that is eaten as food


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