[ pid-uhk ]
/ ˈpɪd ək /
any bivalve mollusk of the genus Pholas or the family Pholadidae, having long, ovate shells and burrowing in soft rock, wood, etc.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of piddock
1850–55; perhaps akin to Old English puduc wart
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British Dictionary definitions for piddock
/ (ˈpɪdək) /
any marine bivalve of the family Pholadidae, boring into rock, clay, or wood by means of sawlike shell valvesSee also shipworm
Word Origin for piddock
C19: origin uncertain
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