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or qua•haug(ˈkoʊ hɔg, -hɒg, ˈkwoʊ-, ˈkwɔ-)
a thick-shelled, edible clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, of Atlantic North American coasts.
[1745–55, Amer.; < Narragansett (E sp.) poquaûhock]
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|Noun||1.||hard-shell clam - Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes|
Mercenaria mercenaria, hard clam, Venus mercenaria, hard-shell clam, quahaug, quahog, round clam - an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians
clam - flesh of either hard-shell or soft-shell clams
littleneck, littleneck clam - a quahog when young and small; usually eaten raw; an important food popular in New York
|2.||hard-shell clam - an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as money by some American Indians|
clam - burrowing marine mollusk living on sand or mud; the shell closes with viselike firmness
genus Venus, Venus - type genus of the family Veneridae: genus of edible clams with thick oval shells
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