quahog

A quahog is a kind of edible clam with a very hard shell. In the US, you're most likely to see quahogs on the menu in New England, New York, or New Jersey (not so much in Montana).

Quahogs are sometimes called "hard clams," "round clams," or "chowder clams," since they're commonly used to make clam chowder. Native Americans in New England once used quahog shells (especially purple ones) to make a kind of bead called wampum that was used as a gift or for trading. The word quahog comes from the Narragansett poquauhock.

Definitions of quahog
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n Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes

Synonyms:
hard-shell clam, quahaug, round clam
Types:
littleneck, littleneck clam
a quahog when young and small; usually eaten raw; an important food popular in New York
cherrystone, cherrystone clam
small quahog larger than a littleneck; eaten raw or cooked as in e.g. clams casino
Type of:
clam
flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams

n an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians

Synonyms:
Mercenaria mercenaria, Venus mercenaria, hard clam, hard-shell clam, quahaug, round clam
Types:
littleneck, littleneck clam
a young quahog
cherrystone, cherrystone clam
a half-grown quahog
Type of:
clam
burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness

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