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

  • n. Any of various marine gastropods, such as a periwinkle, having a spiral shell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any saltwater snail; a marine gastropod mollusk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A small fish of the genus Liparis, having a ventral sucker. It lives among stones and seaweeds.
  • Any small creeping marine gastropod, as the species of Littorina, Natica, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ichthyology, any fish of the family Liparididæ, and especially a member of the genus Liparis, of which there are several species, found in both British and American waters.
  • n. In conchology, a marine gastropod whose shell resembles a helix, as those of the family Littorinidæ, of which the periwinkle, Littorina littorea, is a familiar form, and those of the family Naticidæ, of which Lunatia heros and related species are good examples. See also cuts under Natica, Littorinidæ, Nerita, and Neritidæ.

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

  • n. small tadpole-shaped cold-water fishes with pelvic fins forming a sucker; related to lumpfish
  • n. small tadpole-shaped cold-water fishes with pelvic fins forming a sucker; related to lumpfish
  • n. any of several creeping marine gastropods with a spirally coiled shell: whelks; tritons; moon shells; neritids

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