piddock
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1851 a bivalve mollusk (family Pholadidae, especially genera Pholas and Barnea) that bores holes in wood, clay, and rocks

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  • Piddock — Pid dock, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any species of Pholas; a pholad. See {Pholas}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • piddock — [pid′ək] n. [< ?] any of a family (Pholadidae) of bivalve mollusks which bore holes in mud, peat, wood, clay, and soft rocks …   English World dictionary

  • piddock — /pid euhk/, n. any bivalve mollusk of the genus Pholas or the family Pholadidae, having long, ovate shells and burrowing in soft rock, wood, etc. [1850 55; perh. akin to OE puduc wart] * * * ▪ mollusk       any of the marine bivalve mollusks of… …   Universalium

  • Piddock — Recorded in many forms, this is an English medieval surname. It derives from the name Petercock, itself one of the many early forms of the personal name Peter. The great popularity of Peter as a given name throughout Christian Europe is evidenced …   Surnames reference

  • piddock — noun /ˈpɪdək/ Any of the bivalve molluscs of the genus Pholas or family Pholadidae, which burrow into soft rocks. Syn: angelwing, angels wing …   Wiktionary

  • piddock — [ pɪdək] noun a bivalve mollusc which bores into soft rock or other firm surfaces. [Pholas and other genera.] Origin C19: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • piddock — pid·dock …   English syllables

  • piddock — pid•dock [[t]ˈpɪd ək[/t]] n. ivt any bivalve mollusk of the family Pholadidae, able to burrow in soft rock, wood, etc • Etymology: 1850–55; of obscure orig …   From formal English to slang

  • piddock — /ˈpɪdək/ (say piduhk) noun any of the bivalve molluscs of the genus Pholas or the family Pholadidae, mostly marine, with long ovate shell, and burrowing in soft rock, wood, etc. {compare Old English puduc wart} …   Australian English dictionary

  • piddock —   n. rough shelled, boring, marine bivalve …   Dictionary of difficult words

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