1A marine mollusc which has a shallow conical shell and a broad muscular foot, found clinging tightly to rocks.
- Patellidae, Fissurellidae (the keyhole limpets), and other families, class Gastropoda: numerous species, including the common limpet (Patella vulgata).
- Entering the water from the shore, the first animal we spot may well be a mollusc such as a limpet or dog-whelk.
- Barnacles are crustaceans like crabs and shrimps but, because of their appearance, until the 19th century they were thought to be molluscs like limpets and whelks.
- Brains of limpets and abalones are much simpler than brains of garden snails and slugs in histological differentiation.
Old English lempedu, from medieval Latin lampreda 'limpet, lamprey'.
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