the quahog clam, Venus mercenaria, when young and small.

1850–55, Americanism; named after Little Neck Bay, N.Y., where it was once plentiful Unabridged
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Main Entry:  littleneck
Part of Speech:  n
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Littleneck clams come hidden under a thatched roof of shoestring fries-parsnip, not potato.
Littleneck clams are often served raw, on the half shell.
The smallest size is the littleneck clam, followed by topnecks, cherrystones and chowders.
Some large native littleneck clams can be found here as well.
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