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snail

 (snāl)
n.
1. Any of numerous aquatic or terrestrial gastropod mollusks that typically have a spirally coiled shell, retractile foot, and distinct head.
2. A slow-moving, lazy, or sluggish person.

[Middle English, from Old English snægl.]

snail

(sneɪl)
n
1. (Animals) any of numerous terrestrial or freshwater gastropod molluscs with a spirally coiled shell, esp any of the family Helicidae, such as Helix aspersa (garden snail)
2. (Animals) any other gastropod with a spirally coiled shell, such as a whelk
3. a slow-moving or lazy person or animal
[Old English snægl; related to Old Norse snigill, Old High German snecko]
ˈsnail-ˌlike adj

snail

(sneɪl)

n.
1. any slow-moving gastropod mollusk, having a spirally coiled shell and a ventral muscular foot.
2. a slow or lazy person.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English snegel, c. Old Saxon, Old High German snegel, Old Norse snigill]

Snail

 Military, a D-shaped formation, 1579.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snail - freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shellsnail - freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell
gastropod, univalve - a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes
scorpion shell - any of numerous tropical marine snails that as adults have the outer lip of the aperture produced into a series of long curved spines
edible snail, Helix pomatia - one of the chief edible snails
garden snail - any of several inedible snails of the genus Helix; often destructive pests
2.snail - edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlicsnail - edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic
edible snail, Helix pomatia - one of the chief edible snails
meat - the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
Verb1.snail - gather snails; "We went snailing in the summer"
whelk - gather whelk
gather, pull together, collect, garner - assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together"

snail

Snails, slugs and other gastropods

abalone or ear shell, conch, cowrie or cowry, limpet, murex, nudibranch or sea slug, ormer or sea-ear, periwinkle or winkle, ramshorn snail, Roman snail, sea hare, slug, snail, top-shell, triton, wentletrap, whelk
Translations
حَلَزونحَلَزُون
охлюв
caragol
hlemýžďšnek
snegl
heliko
tigu
etanakuorellinen etana
स्थलीय घोंघा
puž
csigacsiga2
bekicotkeongsiput
snigill
カタツムリ
달팽이
cochlea
sraigėvėžlio žingsniu
gliemezis
melc
slimák
polž
пуж
snäckasnigel
หอยทาก
salyangozsümüklüböcek
con ốc sênốc

snail

[sneɪl]
A. Ncaracol m
at a snail's pacea paso de tortuga
B. CPD snail mail N (hum) → correo m normal
snail shell Nconcha f de caracol

snail

[ˈsneɪl] nescargot m
a snail's pace → une extrême lenteur
at a snail's pace → avec une extrême lenteursnail mail n
to send sth by snail mail → envoyer qch par la poste

snail

nSchnecke f; edible snailWeinbergschnecke f; at a snail’s paceim Schneckentempo

snail

[sneɪl] nchiocciola
at a snail's pace → a passo di lumaca

snail

(sneil) noun
a kind of soft-bodied small crawling animal with a coiled shell. Snails leave a silvery trail as they move along.
at a snail's pace
very slowly. The old man walked along at a snail's pace.

snail

حَلَزُون hlemýžď snegl Schnecke σαλιγκάρι caracol kuorellinen etana escargot puž lumaca カタツムリ 달팽이 slak snegle ślimak caracol улитка snigel หอยทาก salyangoz con ốc sên 蜗牛

snail

n caracol m
References in classic literature ?
When they reached the village, the Hazel-nut child left off pricking the horse, and the poor tired creature pursued its way at a snail's pace.
This caused additional delay; after which they continued to crawl forward at a snail's pace.
We were flying at a snail's pace but a few feet above the ground--literally feeling our way along through the darkness, for both moons had set, and the night was black with the clouds that are to be found only at Mars's two extremities.
The revolver I had dropped, so that while we were both strong swimmers it seemed to me that we moved at a snail's pace through the water.
So we crept along at a snail's pace, with much stumbling and falling--the guards keeping up a singsong chant ahead of us, interspersed with certain high notes which I found always indicated rough places and turns.
Thither he directed his steps,--running sometimes, and sometimes, with a strange perversity, loitering at a snail's pace, or stopping altogether and idly breaking the hedges with a stick.
The construction work in Karachi is going on at a snail's pace.
Quetta -- Expressing concerns over execution and progress of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects at a snail's pace, Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Qadus Bizenjo on Tuesday said that realisation of plans under this game-changer corridor would be expedited.
The work on the above road is going on at a snail's pace which causes several hours of traffic jams.