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piddock

[pid-uh k] /ˈpɪd ək/
noun
1.
any bivalve mollusk of the genus Pholas or the family Pholadidae, having long, ovate shells and burrowing in soft rock, wood, etc.
Origin of piddock
1850-1855
1850-55; perhaps akin to Old English puduc wart
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  • 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
  • Miss piddock didn't want to cast no looks onto nobody, nor make no impressions.

British Dictionary definitions for piddock

piddock

/ˈpɪdək/
noun
1.
any marine bivalve of the family Pholadidae, boring into rock, clay, or wood by means of sawlike shell valves See also shipworm
Word Origin
C19: origin uncertain
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