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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A marine bivalve mollusk of the family Pholadidae, having a long shell with which it bores into wood, rock, and clay, often causing destruction of wharf pilings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the bivalve molluscs of the genus Pholas or family Pholadidae, which burrow into soft rocks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any species of Pholas; a pholad. See pholas.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mollusk of the genus Pholas or family Pholadid├Ž; 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. marine bivalve that bores into rock or clay or wood by means of saw-like shells

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