Littleneck definition

lĭtl-nĕk
The quahog clam when small and suitable for eating raw. Littlenecks are smaller than cherrystones.
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The young of the quahog, a round, thick-shelled clam, usually eaten raw.
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A young quahog, or hard clam.
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Noun

Singular:
littleneck
Plural:
littlenecks

Origin of littleneck

  • After Little Neck Bay, off western Long Island, New York

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • little +"Ž neck. Back-formation from littleneck clam.

    From Wiktionary