Definition of pholas in English:

pholas

noun

  • The common piddock (mollusc).

    • ‘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/