Definitions

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

  • adj. Having lungs or lunglike organs.
  • adj. Of or belonging to the Pulmonata, a subclass of gastropods including terrestrial snails and slugs and certain freshwater snails that are capable of breathing air through lunglike sacs.
  • n. A gastropod of the subclass Pulmonata.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having lungs or similar organs
  • adj. of, relating to, or belonging to the gastropod order Pulmonata (slugs and snails)
  • n. A gastropod of the order Pulmonata

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having breathing organs that act as lungs.
  • adj. Pertaining to the Pulmonata.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having lungs, lung-sacs, or lung-like organs; pulmonary or pulmoniferous, as a mollusk or an arachnidan; pulmonated, as a vertebrate: distinguished from branchiate and tracheate.
  • n. A member of the Pulmonata in either sense, as a snail or a spider.

Etymologies

From Latin pulmō, pulmōn-, lung; see pulmonary.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

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  • I am primarily interested in the venation of the lungs of pulmonate land snails.

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  • How interesting it will be to see hereafter plants treated in strict relation to your views; and then all insects, pulmonate molluscs, and fresh-water fishes, in greater detail than I suppose you have given to these lower animals.

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  • One cannot write easily of "pulmonate gasteropods."

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  • How interesting it will be to see hereafter plants treated in strict relation to your views; and then all insects, pulmonate molluscs and fresh-water fishes, in greater detail than I suppose you have given to these lower animals.

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  • If you had no prior information about the reproductive biology of a group of animals, say, pulmonate land snails, how would you go about determining if a given species were hermaphroditic or not?

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  • It turns out that, even though all pulmonate snails are hermaphrodites, in some species mating may not be simultaneously reciprocal; instead, some individuals may act like "males", while others like "females".

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  • Dedicated to Mollusque: the Pulmonata, an order of snails that have developed a pallial lung and thus can breath air. The order includes many land and fresh-water families and a smattering of marine ones.

    January 18, 2009