qua·hog | \ˈkō-ˌhȯg, ˈkwȯ-, 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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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 This region is home to commercially important fishes, as well as wild stocks of quahogs, scallops, and surf clams that can't swim away from growing acidic waters. Eric Niiler, WIRED, "Ocean Acidification Could Be a Net Positive for Some Fish," 30 Mar. 2018 Whether digging their own or buying them, most people use briny, flavorful quahog clams. David Tanis, New York Times, "A Clam Chowder That Tastes Like Summer," 1 Sep. 2017 The research will include a project to try to explain changes in the abundance of ocean quahogs. Associated Press, Washington Post, "Science center to fund research into surf clams, quahogs," 28 May 2017 Ming, a quahog clam, died at the age of 507 when researchers tried to dredge the bivalve up from Icelandic waters. Paul Nicklen, National Geographic, "Meet the Animal That Lives for 11,000 Years," 23 July 2016

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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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English Language Learners Definition of quahog

: a type of large clam that is eaten as food

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