Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quahog clam when half-grown and of comparatively small size.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) that is larger than a countneck, littleneck or topneck but smaller than a quahog (used as a size classification by fish merchants).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. small quahog larger than a littleneck.
  • n. a half-grown quahog.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The stone-like seed of a cherry.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the stone seed of a cherry
  • n. a half-grown quahog
  • n. small quahog larger than a littleneck; eaten raw or cooked as in e.g. clams casino

Etymologies

cherry +‎ stone (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This when cracked held a cherrystone, inside the cherrystone was a grain of wheat, and in the wheat a millet-seed.

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  • Ingredients 3 pounds small boiling potatoes or medium sweet potatoes, cut in half 8 quarts littleneck or cherrystone clams 12 ears corn, husks on 2 pounds red or yellow onions, peeled and cut in half 8 quarts mussels, well-rinsed and debearded 12 chicken thighs optional 3 pounds spicy sausage such as chorizo, linguica

    Happy as a Clambake

  • The secret is, I open up two dozen cherrystone clams, for only the juice.

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  • Aoyagi round clam: The chew and color of the center part of a cherrystone clamwith that same deep-water flavor.

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  • By the time I was eight I knew the difference between cherrystone and littleneck clams and Manhattan and New England clam chowder.

    THE BLESSING OF A SKINNED KNEE

  • One compound was split since joined it suggested an inapposite meaning: cherrystone cherry stone

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  • Oxford, nor 'a cherrystone holding ten dozen tortoiseshell combs, made by Edward Gibbons. '

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  • There's a fine bakery up front, while the dining area, facing huge, handcrafted ovens, turns out an array of small plates that include a tangy seviche of wild Rhode Island striped bass, thin-crusted pizzas with toppings of Wellfleet cherrystone clams and bacon, mussels cooked in white ale with roasted tomatoes, and a few larger plates, with a mac & cheese of daunting richness that you will fight friends not to have to share it.

  • In a poem by Menashe, an awful lot goes on in a short space, and it might seem like cherrystone scrimshaw at first.

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  • A network's collective intelligence increases with the size of the group just as it does with a colony of cherrystone clams.

    Fabius Maximus

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