Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A common snail of Great Britain, Helix nemoralis.

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Examples

  • A very instructive case is the behaviour of the song-thrush when it takes a wood-snail in its beak and hammers it against a stone, its so-called anvil.

    The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) A Plain Story Simply Told

  • Thus, a French author has enumerated no less than 198 varieties of the common wood-snail

    Darwinism (1889)

  • It was the mummy's coffin I was looking at; it burst open, and out issued from it the monarch of a thousand years ago -- the mummy form, black as pitch, dark and shining as a wood-snail, or as that thick slimy mud.

    The Sand-Hills of Jutland

  • The crippled rose bush reared up its twigs, unfolded its leaves, and bore the most beautiful roses; every one could see it, and even the black damp wood-snail noticed its beauty.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales

  • The black wood-snail became blacker still, not for grief, but for envy.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales

  • The stunted rose-bush shot forth twigs, unfolded its leaves, and bore the most beautiful roses; every one could see it, and even the black, slimy wood-snail noticed its beauty.

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

  • At last it burst, and forth stepped the thousand years 'old king, the mummy form, black as pitch, black as the shining wood-snail, or the slimy mud of the swamp.

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

  • The black wood-snail became blacker still; not for grief, but for envy.

    Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

  • I looked at the clefts and wrinkles in the stem, and they shone forth in colours, and took the form of hieroglyphics: it was the case of the mummy at which I was gazing; at last the case burst, and forth stepped the thousand-year-old king, the mummied form, black as pitch, shining black as the wood-snail or the fat mud of the swamp; whether it was the marsh king or the mummy of the pyramids I knew not.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales

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