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The quahog clam when small and suitable for eating raw. Littlenecks are smaller than cherrystones.

[After Little Neck Bay, off western Long Island, New York.]


a type of clam Mercenaria mercenaria, eaten when it is small


(ˈlɪt lˌnɛk)

a young quahog clam.
[1850–55, Amer.; after Little Neck Bay, N.Y.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.littleneck - a quahog when young and small; usually eaten raw; an important food popular in New York
hard-shell clam, quahaug, quahog, round clam - Atlantic coast round clams with hard shells; large clams usually used for chowders or other clam dishes
2.littleneck - a young quahog
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
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Then come clam broth, lots of cream and mounds of littleneck clams, seasoned with a bit of garlic, thyme and basil.
The study of relationship between burrowing behavior and energy consuming process of Japanese littleneck clam (Ruditapes philippinarum) at the stormy conditions in winter.
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Side accompaniments include diced fava beans and thinly-sliced raw and dressed surf clams; sheeted and rolled green daikon, raw and pickled, served with littleneck clams and fennel fronds; marinated clams with clam gel, clam mayo, and clam croutons garnished with herbs and flowers, and a Parker House Roll.
Filipino-American chef Tom Cunanan's repertoire includes Adobong Dilaw flavored with turmeric and charred coconut, steamed littleneck clams with Chinese sausage, pork sinigang and the ukoy.
One of my favorite dishes on our menu is the Bulhao Pato Clams-Portuguese littleneck clams prepared with vinho verde wine, garlic, olive oil, cilantro, and chili peppers, served with toasted bread," Porter says, "Pair it with a crisp German pilsener like Bavik and you cannot go wrong
Clam Sashimi Ingredients: 3 Shinnecock Bay littleneck clams 1/8 cup white wine vinegar fennel pollen pinch salt and pepper micro pea shoots Preparation Open all three clams and place one on the plate.
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