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[kwaw-hawg, -hog, kwoh-, koh-, kwuh-hawg, -hog] /ˈkwɔ hɔg, -hɒg, kwoʊ-, ˈkoʊ-, kwəˈhɔg, -ˈhɒg/

an edible clam, Venus (Mercenaria) mercenaria, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic coast, having a relatively thick shell.
an edible clam, Venus (or Mercenaria) mercenaria, native to the Atlantic coast of North America, having a large heavy rounded shell Also called hard-shell clam, hard-shell, round clam Compare soft-shell clam

See American quahog

1753 (quogue; Roger Williams had it as poquauhock, 1643), from an Algonquian language, perhaps Narragansett poquauhock or Pequot p’quaghhaug “hard clam.”


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