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limpet

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɪmpɪt
 
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Definition of limpet in English:

noun

A marine mollusc which has a shallow conical shell and a broad muscular foot, proverbial for the way it clings tightly to rocks: the couples on the floor were clinging to each other like limpets
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Old English lempedu, from medieval Latin lampreda 'limpet, lamprey'.

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