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Alternative forms[edit]

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


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.


  • IPA(key): /ˈkwɔːhɒɡ/, /ˈkwɔːhɔːɡ/
  • IPA(key): /ˈkoʊhɒɡ/, /ˈkoʊhɔːɡ/
  • IPA(key): /ˈkwoʊhɒɡ/, /ˈkwoʊhɔːɡ/
  • IPA(key): /kwəˈhɒɡ/, /kwəˈhɔːɡ/
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  • Hyphenation: qua‧hog


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



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

  1. (intransitive) To dig for quahogs.

External links[edit]

  • quahog at OneLook Dictionary Search