Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous mollusks of the class Gastropoda, characteristically having a single, usually coiled shell or no shell at all, a ventral muscular foot, and eyes and tentacles located on a distinct head, and including the snails, slugs, cowries, and limpets.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • etc. See gasteropod, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) One of the Gastropoda.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From New Latin Gastropoda, class name : gastro– + -poda, -pod.]

Examples

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

    Gastropods and isopods

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

    drippy snail | My[confined]Space

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

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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.

    How a wartime romance gave birth to the best restaurant in the world

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

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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.

    3 books about nature

  • 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.

    3 books about nature

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