American quahog

Main Entry:  American quahog
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an edible hardshell clam of the Atlantic coast of North America, often used in chowder; also called cherrystone, littleneck, quahog, hardshell clam
Example:  Anything over three inches in diameter ranks as a quahog.
Etymology:  c. 1781
Usage:  cooking's 21st Century Lexicon
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