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

  • n. An edible clam (Venus mercenaria) of the Atlantic coast of North America, having a hard rounded shell. Also called hard-shell clam, round clam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


Narragansett poquaûhock.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Narragansett. (Wiktionary)



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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