maninose

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From a Native American language of the Carolinas, probably an Algonquian one, thus probably from Carolina Algonquian.[1]

Noun[edit]

maninose (plural maninoses)

  1. (US, Maryland, Virginia) The soft-shell clam.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012, Richard W. Bailey, Speaking American : A History of English in the United States, page 56: "Direct borrowings of words from their languages were relatively rare: mananosay 'soft-shell crab' (1709) is one of the few loans that can be traced to the Carolinas."