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 for Venus mercenaria
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Quahog \Qua"hog\, Quahaug \Qua"haug\, n. [Abbrev. fr.
     Narragansett Indian poqua[^u]hock.] (Zool.)
     An American market clam ({Venus mercenaria). It is sold in
     large quantities, and is highly valued as food. Called also
     round clam, and hard clam.
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     Note: The name is also applied to other allied species, as
           Venus Mortoni of the Gulf of Mexico.
           [1913 Webster] Quaigh

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Clam \Clam\ (kl[a^]m), n. [Cf. Clamp, Clam, v. t.,
     Clammy.]
     1. (Zool.) A bivalve mollusk of many kinds, especially those
        that are edible; as, the long clam ({Mya arenaria), the
        quahog or round clam ({Venus mercenaria), the sea clam or
        hen clam ({Spisula solidissima), and other species of the
        United States. The name is said to have been given
        originally to the Tridacna gigas, a huge East Indian
        bivalve.
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              You shall scarce find any bay or shallow shore, or
              cove of sand, where you may not take many clampes,
              or lobsters, or both, at your pleasure. --Capt. John
                                                    Smith (1616).
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              Clams, or clamps, is a shellfish not much unlike a
              cockle; it lieth under the sand.      --Wood (1634).
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     2. (Ship Carp.) Strong pinchers or forceps.
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     3. pl. (Mech.) A kind of vise, usually of wood.
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     Blood clam. See under Blood.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Venus mercenaria
      n 1: an edible American clam; the heavy shells were used as
           money by some American Indians [syn: quahog, quahaug,
           hard-shell clam, hard clam, round clam, Venus
           mercenaria, Mercenaria mercenaria]

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