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[lit-l-nek] /ˈlɪt lˌnɛk/
the quahog clam, Venus mercenaria, when young and small.
Origin of littleneck
1850-55, Americanism; named after Little Neck Bay, N.Y., where it was once plentiful Unabridged
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  • littleneck clams come hidden under a thatched roof of shoestring fries-parsnip, not potato.
  • The smallest size is the littleneck clam, followed by topnecks, cherrystones and chowders.
  • littleneck clams are often served raw, on the half shell.
  • Some large native littleneck clams can be found here as well.
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