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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
  1. noun
    Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes
    synonyms: hard-shell clam, quahaug, round clam
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    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
  2. noun
    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
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    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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