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
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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