piddock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n piddock marine bivalve that bores into rock or clay or wood by means of saw-like shells
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Piddock (Zoöl) Any species of Pholas; a pholad. See Pholas.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n piddock A mollusk of the genus Pholas or family Pholadidæ; especially, a name of those species which are found in British waters, used rarely for food but much for bait, as P. dactylus; a pholad. It has a long ovate shell with a narrowed tongue-like extension in front, and the entire surface marked with longitudinal and concentric grooves and ridges, and radiating rows of sharp spines. The beaks are anterior and covered with callosities. The piddock is capable of perforating the soft rocks, into which it burrows. It is a common inhabitant of European seas, and in winter is frequently killed by the cold when left exposed by low tide. It is edible, and is sought for by digging it out of the clay or shale. After being removed from the water for a day or so, the animal changes color, and is said to shine like a glow-worm. Also called clam, dactyl, and long oyster. See Pholas, and cut under accessory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Piddock pid′ok the pholas.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Etymol. uncertain

Usage

In literature:

Miss Piddock didn't want to cast no looks onto nobody, nor make no impressions.
"Samantha at the World's Fair" by Marietta Holley
From Piddock, where Fred lived, to New Strike was about eight miles, over the mountains.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
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In news:

Inez Van Piddock , Feb 15, 1920-March 13, 2010.
Inez Van Piddock , 90, of Sandusky went home to be with the Lord Saturday afternoon, March 13, 2010, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a brief illness.
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