American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous marine gastropod mollusks, as of the families Acmaeidae and Patellidae, characteristically having a conical shell and adhering to rocks of tidal areas.
- n. One that clings persistently.
- n. A type of explosive designed to cling to the hull of a ship and detonate on contact or signal.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A marine docoglossate gastropod with an open conical shell imperforate at the apex. The species mostly belong to the families Patellidæ and Acmæidæ; the best-known is Patella vulgata, the common limpet of northern Europe. This inhabits rocky coasts, and selects a site on intertidal rocks, which it uses as a resting-place and wears down into a cavity, making short excursions in search of food, which consists chiefly of algæ. Limpets are noted for sticking closely to rocks by means of their adhesive foot, which acts as a sucker, bringing considerable atmospheric pressure to bear upon their shells, which latter, moreover, fit tightly in consequence of the evenly rounded aperture. Large numbers are collected for fish-bait, and they are also used as food by the poor. See bonnet-limpet, keyhole-limpet, slipper-limpet.
- n. Some mollusk resembling the foregoing, at least in shape of the shell.
- n. A small mollusc, of the family Patellidae with a conical shell found clinging to rocks in the intertidal zones of rocky shores.
- n. UK Someone dependant; someone disregarding or ignorant of another's personal space.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) In a general sense, any hatshaped, or conical, gastropod shell.
- n. Any one of many species of marine shellfish of the order Docoglossa, mostly found adhering to rocks, between tides.
- n. Somthing or someone that clings tenaciously to another object or person a military explosive device having magnets allowing it to cling to a metallic target object, such as the hull of a ship.
- n. Any species of Siphonaria, a genus of limpet-shaped Pulmonifera, living between tides, on rocks.
- n. A keyhole limpet. See Fissurella.
- n. mollusk with a low conical shell
- n. any of various usually marine gastropods with low conical shells; found clinging to rocks in littoral areas
- Possibly Middle English lempet, European limpet (sense uncertain). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Neal laughed, but he felt that to use Una's hair as a wrap for the red pulp of a crab's back or the soft, black belly of a limpet was a kind of profanation.”
“For instance, a small snail called a limpet that fed on organisms that grew on the grass went extinct.”
“Imagine the limpet is the antelope of the undersea Serengeti, grazing majestically on algae," he intones, bouncing the shell along.”
“He said the landmines would have had to be detonated by smaller adhesive "limpet" mines, triggered by a timing device.”
“This dwelling is in shape and appearance like the back shell of a tortoise, or, still more, like a "limpet," being attached to the stem of the tree in the same manner that the latter adheres to a rock.”
“The former is headed by someone called Graham Dalton, who, it seems, is a time-serving apparatchik from the DoT, which, as we all know, is headed by that limpet-like nincompoop, Geoff BuffHoon, one of new Labour's 'Jack of All Trades & Master of None'.”
“The shelves in the Alexander living room are lined with conch and limpet shells, polished stones and cobalt blue glass.”
“In February 1965, I went to New Zealand to study two kinds of bioluminescent organisms: the cave worm Arachnocampa and the freshwater limpet Latia.”
“Between 1965 and 1978, in addition to my work with aequorin, I also did research on the bioluminescence of various luminous organisms including the limpet Latia; the krill Meganyctiphanes; the worm Chaetopterus; the firefly squid Watasenia, various coelenterates, and luminous bacteria.”
“After that, things get weird as he's chased through city boroughs organized by musical genres by a limpet encyclopedia saleswoman (who latches on to her mark and won't let go), and four motorbike riders named after the Apocalyptic horsemen.”
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very comprehensive list
of molluscs,who does not like
calamari? hmm yum
100,000 species just in molluscs
Names of animals that are also used to describe kinds of people. Nouns only, preferably single word.
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"Snaily, clammy, squidy" has evolved into a vehicle for linking to mollusk quotations, so I've started this list for vernacular names of mollusks.
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