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piddock

[pid-uh k]
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noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for piddock

Historical Examples

  • Miss Piddock didn't want to cast no looks onto nobody, nor make no impressions.

    Samantha at the World's Fair

    Marietta Holley

  • 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

piddock

noun
  1. any marine bivalve of the family Pholadidae, boring into rock, clay, or wood by means of sawlike shell valvesSee also shipworm
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Word Origin

C19: origin uncertain
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