a gastropod mollusk of various families, mostly marine, with a single, low, cone-shaped shell and a thick, fleshy foot, by means of which it clings to rocks, timbers, etc.
Origin of limpetMiddle English lempet from Old English lempedu from Medieval Latin lempreda, limpet, lamprey
- Any of numerous marine gastropod mollusks that have a conical shell and often adhere to rocks in intertidal areas, especially those of the order Patellogastropoda.
- One that clings persistently.
- A type of explosive designed to cling to the hull of a ship and detonate on contact or signal.
Origin of limpetProbably Middle English lempet limpet (sense uncertain) Old English lamprede lempedu lamprey (both the limpet and the lamprey being noted for their powerful suckers) from Medieval Latin lamprēda ; see lamprey .