from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various mollusks of the class Gastropoda, such as the snail, slug, cowrie, or limpet, characteristically having a single, usually coiled shell or no shell at all, a ventral muscular foot for locomotion, and eyes and feelers located on a distinct head.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the class Gastropoda.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of a class of mollusks (Gastropoda) that includes snails and slugs; univalve mollusk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of the Gastropoda.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • etc. See gasteropod, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes


From New Latin Gastropoda, class name : gastro- + -poda, -pod.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • The substrata with which a terrestrial gastropod is in contact must be sufficiently wet, the air humidity adequately high, and perhaps its food of a high enough water content so that the animal’s daily activity does not result in a negative water balance.

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  • The surface a gastropod is on must be sufficiently wet, the air humidity adequately high, and its food of a high enough water content so that daily activity doesn’t result in a negative water balance. (8 words shorter.)

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  • 4. The names of both groups end with the suffix pod; a gastropod is a "stomach-foot", while an isopod is an "equal-foot".

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  • "I didn't leave with the best impression," said Jeremiah Bullfrog, who now runs a mobile "gastropod" out of a 1962 Airstream trailer based in Miami.

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  • In The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating Algonquin, $18.95, Bailey explains how she became fascinated with the creature, studying its habits, taking comfort in its routines and poring over gastropod literature for snail-related arcana.

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  • TGGeko (UID#2562) on August 23rd, 2009 at 9: 23 pm dawww, what an adorable gastropod!

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  • Of course, there are many details and variations among different gastropod taxa that still need to be worked out.

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  • That this is the general mechanism of gastropod locomotion was deduced a long time ago.

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  • Robert Robertson (Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia): Sexual dimorphism in the marine gastropod Tricolia variabilis complex.

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  • In a real gastropod, there is a wave-like motion within the sole that usually starts at the tip of the tail and moves forward to the head.

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