[ 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.



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Origin of piddock

1850–55; perhaps akin to Old English puduc wart Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences 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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