quahog

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most often thought to be from Narragansett poquaûhock (hard clam), perhaps from pohkeni (dark) +‎ hogki (shell). Alternatively from Mohegan-Pequot p'quaghhaug (hard clam) or another Algonquin language.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkəʊ.hɒɡ/,[1][2] /ˈkwəʊ.hɒɡ/,[2] /ˈkwɑː.hɒɡ/[2]
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkwɔ.hɔɡ/,[1][3][4] /ˈkwɔ.hɑg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ;[1][3][4] /ˈkwɑ.hɔg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ,[3] /ˈkwɑ.hɑg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ[3]
    • also, especially as quohog:[5] /ˈkwoʊ.hɔg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ,[1][3][4] /ˈkwoʊ.hɑg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ,[1][3][4]
    • also, especially as cohog:[5] /ˈkoʊ.hɔg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ,[1][3][4] /ˈkoʊ.hɑg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ,[1][3][4]
    • also: /kwəˈhɔg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ,[1][6] /kwə.ˈhɑg/ invalid IPA characters (g), replace g with ɡ[1][6]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: qua‧hog

Noun[edit]

quahog (plural quahogs)

  1. An edible clam with a hard shell found along the Atlantic Coast of North America, from species Mercenaria mercenaria, formerly Venus mercenaria.
    1. The largest size of quahog, generally considered only fit for use in chowders and other clam dishes.
  2. A similar edible clam found along coasts around the North Atlantic, generally in deeper waters, the ocean quahog, black quahog, mahogany clam or Icelandic Cyprine, Artica islandica

Alternative forms[edit]

  • quahaug (slightly more common until the 1950s, now uncommon)
  • quohog (regional US; uncommon nationally)
  • cohog (regional US; uncommon nationally)

Synonyms[edit]

Verb[edit]

quahog (third-person singular simple present quahogs, present participle quahogging, simple past and past participle quahogged)

  1. (intransitive) To dig for quahogs.

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 quahog” in Dictionary.com Unabridged: Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 quahog” in the Collins English Dictionary, Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 quahog” in Michael Agnes, editor-in-chief, Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th edition, Cleveland, Oh.: Wiley, 2010, ISBN 978-0-02-863118-9; reproduced on the Collins English Dictionary, Glasgow: HarperCollins Publishers.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 quahog” in the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Linguistic Atlas of New England (1939)
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1914: "quahog"

External links[edit]

  • quahog at OneLook Dictionary Search