from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small mollusc, of the family Patellidae with a conical shell found clinging to rocks in the intertidal zones of rocky shores.
- n. Someone dependant; someone disregarding or ignorant of another's personal space.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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
- n. Any species of Siphonaria, a genus of limpet-shaped Pulmonifera, living between tides, on rocks.
- n. A keyhole limpet. See Fissurella.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A marine docoglossate gastropod with an open conical shell imperforate at the apex.
- n. Some mollusk resembling the foregoing, at least in shape of the shell.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)