Definition of pholas in English:

pholas

noun

  • The common piddock (mollusc).

    Pholas dactylus, family Pholadidae

    ‘If the reader will examine the outside of a Pholas shell, he will find it studded, in regular rows, with little projections.’
    ‘The bodies of other marine animals shine after death, none perhaps so vividly as that of the Pholas, a mollusk well known to those who reside on the coast.’

Origin

Mid 17th century modern Latin (later adopted as a genus name), from Greek phōlas ‘that lurks in a hole’, from phōleos ‘hole’.

Pronunciation

pholas

/ˈfəʊləs/