Definition of Limpet

1. Noun. Mollusk with a low conical shell.

Generic synonyms: Shellfish

2. Noun. Any of various usually marine gastropods with low conical shells; found clinging to rocks in littoral areas.

Definition of Limpet

1. n. In a general sense, any hatshaped, or conical, gastropod shell.

Definition of Limpet

1. Noun. A small mollusc, of the family ''Patellidae'' with a conical shell found clinging to rocks in the intertidal zones of rocky shores. ¹

2. Noun. (British) Someone dependant; someone disregarding or ignorant of another's personal space. ¹

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Definition of Limpet

1. a type of mollusk [n -S] - See also: mollusk

Medical Definition of Limpet

1. 1. In a general sense, any hatshaped, or conical, gastropod shell. 2. Any one of many species of marine shellfish of the order Docoglossa, mostly found adhering to rocks, between tides. The common European limpets of the genus Patella (especially. P. Vulgata) are extensively used as food. The common new England species is Acmaea testudinalis. Numerous species of limpets occur on the Pacific coast of America, some of them of large size. 3. Any species of Siphonaria, a genus of limpet-shaped Pulmonifera, living between tides, on rocks. 4. A keyhole limpet. See Fissurella. Origin: Prob. Through French fr. L. Lepas, -adis, Gr. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Limpet

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Literary usage of Limpet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1847)
"ON THE HABITS OF THE limpet. DEAR MB. DEAN,—The limpets have engaged my attention, ... The limpet the size of life. Two Balani upon the shell. ..."

2. The Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland by Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (1907)
"Shell-mounds of mixed species, such as the periwinkle, mussel, oyster, limpet, and dog-whelk, with an occasional shell of the larger common whelk ..."

3. Report of the Annual Meeting (1868)
"The water exuded by the limpet when surprised on its rock probably is squeezed from this organ. On the Conservation of Forests in our Colonies. ..."

4. A Conchological Dictionary of the British Islands by William Turton (1819)
"Silt limpet. Shell oblong, conic, brown or white, semitransparent, with strong regular ... Open limpet. Shell oblong-oval, flattish, semitransparent, ..."

5. A Practical Treatise on the Use of the Microscope: Including the Different by John Quekett (1855)
"Tongues of the Whelk and limpet.—In the several lists of animal structures before described, the tongue of the Buccinum or Whelk, of the Patella or limpet, ..."

6. Lessons on Objects: Graduated Series : Designed for Children Between the by Elizabeth Mayo (1869)
"limpet. Natural History.—The shell of the limpet is remarkable for its form, ... In Scotland the limpet is frequently used for food, and the liquid obtained ..."

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