Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An edible clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) of the Atlantic coast of North America, having a hard rounded shell.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The large edible round clam of the Atlantic coast of the United States, Venus mercenaria, much used for soups and chowders. See clam, and cut under dimyarian.
  • To dig or search for qua-hogs.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) An American market clam (Venus mercenaria). It is sold in large quantities, and is highly valued as food. Called also round clam, and hard clam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An edible clam with a hard shell found along the Atlantic Coast of North America; scientific name Venus mercenaria.
  • noun Very small clams used in chowders and other clam dishes.
  • verb intransitive To fish for quahogs.

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

  • noun Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes
  • noun an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians

Etymologies

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

[Narragansett poquaûhock.]

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From Narragansett.

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  • They first caught crabs and quahogs in the sand; grown bolder, they waded out with nets for mackerel...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 14

    July 24, 2008