A snail, esp. an edible variety.
Webster's New World
(countable) A snail (often Helix pomatia) used in preparation of the dish of the same name.
Origin of Escargot
French from Old French escargol from Old Provençal escaragol probably from variant of dialectal escarabol (perhaps influenced by Occitan cagarol, caragol snail) from Latin scarabaeus beetle scarab
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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