venus mercenaria


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Quahog \Qua"hog\, Quahaug \Qua"haug\, n. [Abbrev. fr.
   Narragansett Indian poqua[^u]hock.] (Zool.)
   An American market clam (Venus mercenaria). It is sold in
   large quantities, and is highly valued as food. Called also
   round clam, and hard clam.
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   Note: The name is also applied to other allied species, as
         Venus Mortoni of the Gulf of Mexico.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Clam \Clam\ (kl[a^]m), n. [Cf. Clamp, Clam, v. t.,
   Clammy.]
   1. (Zool.) A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those
      that are edible; as, the long clam (Mya arenaria), the
      quahog or round clam (Venus mercenaria), the sea clam or
      hen clam (Spisula solidissima), and other species of the
      United States. The name is said to have been given
      originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian
      bivalve.
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            You shall scarce find any bay or shallow shore, or
            cove of sand, where you may not take many clampes,
            or lobsters, or both, at your pleasure. --Capt. John
                                                  Smith (1616).
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            Clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a
            cockle; it lieth under the sand.      --Wood (1634).
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   2. (Ship Carp.) Strong pinchers or forceps.
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   3. pl. (Mech.) A kind of vise, usually of wood.
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   Blood clam. See under Blood.
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