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  • Pholas
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Pholas type genus of the family Pholadidae: piddocks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pholas (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of marine bivalve mollusks of the genus Pholas, or family Pholadidæ. They bore holes for themselves in clay, peat, and soft rocks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pholas The typical genus of the family Pholadidæ and the subfamily Pholadinæ. It was formerly coextensive with the family, but has been variously subdivided. By recent writers it is restricted to species having the dorsal margin protected by two accessory valves (see accessory), anterior and posterior, and with umbonal processes reflected over the beaks. The species are of some economical value, the Pholas dactylus, called piddock, being marketable and also used as bait in England.
    • n pholas [lowercase] A species of the genus Pholas; a pholad; a piddock. See cut under piddock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pholas fō′las a genus of stone-bearing bivalves, a piddock
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr.,, a kind of mollusk
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

It was with a view to test this that Panceri dissected out the luminous organs of so many specimens of Pholas.
"Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20)" by Various
This species of Pholas still exists and drills the rocks between high and low water on the British coast.
"A Manual of Elementary Geology" by Charles Lyell
DUBOIS, R.: 1887a, De la fonction photogenique chez le Pholas dactylus.
"The Nature of Animal Light" by E. Newton Harvey
There is the Pholas Dactylus, which resembles a small, animated sausage with a pudding head.
"Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Jacob Holyoake