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
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.
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.)
4. The names of both groups end with the suffix pod; a gastropod is a "stomach-foot", while an isopod is an "equal-foot".
"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.
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.
TGGeko (UID#2562) on August 23rd, 2009 at 9: 23 pm dawww, what an adorable gastropod!
Of course, there are many details and variations among different gastropod taxa that still need to be worked out.
That this is the general mechanism of gastropod locomotion was deduced a long time ago.
Robert Robertson (Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia): Sexual dimorphism in the marine gastropod Tricolia variabilis complex.
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.