One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A giant mud-burrowing bivalve mollusc occurring on the west coast of North America, where it is collected for food. Its shell valves are not large enough to enclose its body and very long siphon.
Panopea generosa, family Hyatellidae
- ‘Common and widely available clam varieties from the Pacific Coast include geoducks, littlenecks, and Manila clams.’
- ‘The prized geoduck - the largest burrowing clam in the world - is occasionally found among the gaper clams in Tomales Bay.’
- ‘Efforts were made in the 19th century to establish geoducks on the Atlantic coast, but they failed.’
- ‘Individual quotas have been introduced in certain pacific fisheries (e.g., for abalone, herring, geoduck, sablefish and halibut), and in freshwater fisheries.’
- ‘As we dip thin slices of raw geoduck into seasoned soy, the clean, fresh sweetness of the clam seems to affirm these thoughts.’
Late 19th century: from Chinook Jargon.
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