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[pid-uh k] /ˈpɪd ək/
any bivalve mollusk of the genus Pholas or the family Pholadidae, having long, ovate shells and burrowing in soft rock, wood, etc.
Origin of piddock
1850-55; perhaps akin to Old English puduc wart Unabridged
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  • Miss piddock didn't want to cast no looks onto nobody, nor make no impressions.

  • You will often see stones and rocks riddled by the piddock as if they were as soft as cheese.

    On the Seashore

    R. Cadwallader Smith
British Dictionary definitions for piddock


any marine bivalve of the family Pholadidae, boring into rock, clay, or wood by means of sawlike shell valves See also shipworm
Word Origin
C19: origin uncertain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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