[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. picumnus,
  2. picus,
  3. pid,
  4. piddle,
  5. piddling,
  6. pidgeon,
  7. pidgin,
  8. pidgin english,
  9. pidgin sign english,
  10. pidginize

Origin of piddock

1850–55; perhaps akin to Old English puduc wart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for piddock

  • 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


/ (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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