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From the placenames, which are named for the tribe; the tribe's name is an Anglicization of their autonym, and the word is thus ultimately from Malecite-Passamaquoddy.


quoddy (plural quoddies)

  1. (US, dialectal, very rare) Herring, especially if caught and cured (or smoked) near any of the various northeastern American places named Quoddy or Passamquoddy.
    • 2006, Hampton Sides, Blood and Thunder: An Epic of the American West, page 311:
      [] spending his summers along the Penobscot River and the rocky coastline, fussing with boats, hunting for clams, fishing for quoddies.