Snail meaning

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A slow person; a sluggard.
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A slow-moving, lazy, or sluggish person.
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Any lazy, slow-moving person or animal.
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Any of numerous aquatic or terrestrial gastropod mollusks that typically have a spirally coiled shell, retractile foot, and distinct head.
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Any of very many animals (either hermaphroditic or nonhermaphroditic), of the class Gastropoda, having a coiled shell.
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(engineering) A spiral cam, or a flat piece of metal of spirally curved outline, used for giving motion to, or changing the position of, another part, as the hammer tail of a striking clock.
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(military, historical) A tortoise or testudo; a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers.
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The pod of the snail clover.
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The definition of a snail is a small animal with a distinct head whose body is mostly enclosed by a shell and moves slowly using one muscular foot.

An example of a snail is escargot.

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Any of numerous aquatic or terrestrial gastropod mollusks that typically have a spirally coiled shell, retractile foot, and distinct head.
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Any of a large number of slow-moving gastropods living on land or in water and having a spiral protective shell: some kinds are used as food.
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Origin of snail

  • Middle English from Old English snægl

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Middle English snegge, from the Old English snægel from the Proto-Germanic *snigilaz.

    From Wiktionary