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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.]
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a type of clam Mercenaria mercenaria, eaten when it is small
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(ˈlɪt lˌnɛk)

a young quahog clam.
[1850–55, Amer.; after Little Neck Bay, N.Y.]
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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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As he became increasingly convinced that bivalve aquaculture could fill the gap caused by the natural limitations of wild shellfish production, his research included the study of both fisheries management and culture techniques, initially for butter and littleneck clams and abalone, and later the Manila clam and Japanese scallop.
Because natural shellfish such as Japanese littleneck and common orient clams are produced here, small stalls selling hamayaki (grilled shellfish and fish caught in the sea) are set up along the coast from spring to summer.
Then come clam broth, lots of cream and mounds of littleneck clams, seasoned with a bit of garlic, thyme and basil.
Fishermen found large quantities of seed and littleneck quahogs on hundreds of acres of bottoms, in waters 3-12 m deep that extended from Norwalk to New Haven.
Her approach to seafood is seasonal, for example, steamed littleneck clams in the summer match with corn and basil, and in fall or winter she switches to chorizo, white beans and kale to make a heartier clam dish.
Quinn recommends the wine, priced at $70 a bottle, with pan-seared branzino with littleneck clams, beech mushrooms, dill and tarragon.
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.
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.
Ikeda et al., "Allozyme variation of littleneck clam Ruditapes philippinarum and genetic mixture analysis of foreign clams in Ariake Sea and Shiranui Sea off Kyushu Island, Japan," Fisheries Science, vol.
Bivalve Taphonomy: Testing the Effect of Life Habits on the Shell Condition of the Littleneck Clam Protothaca (Protothaca) staminea (Mollusca: Bivalvia).
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: Results of a survey of gaper, butter, cockle and native littleneck clams in Coos Bay will be discussed, 6 p.m., Auditorium, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, Charleston.
Or partake of Rhode Island-grown fare like littleneck clams and grilled quail at the swank new wood-paneled Local 121 (121 Washington St.; 401-274-2121).