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

  • To dig or search for qua-hogs.
  • 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.

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