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Shortening of the earlier spelling pequaock, from Narragansett poquauhock.


pooquaw (plural pooquaws)

  1. (US, Nantucket dialect) Hard-shelled clam.
    • 1881, Harriet B. Worron, "Trustum" and his grandchildren, page 89:
      'Pooquaws,' says he, 'I'm hunting for pooquaws for a shearing pie, but they seems to be so scarce I guess I'll go off and drive up my sheep.'
    • 1999, Joan Aiken, Nightbirds on Nantucket:
      "And a mess o' pooquaws in case your auntie fancies a bit o' fish. Is she any better today?"