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lim·pet

 (lĭm′pĭt)
n.
1. 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.
2. One that clings persistently.
3. A type of explosive designed to cling to the hull of a ship and detonate on contact or signal.

[Probably Middle English lempet, limpet (sense uncertain); akin to Old English lamprede, lempedu, lamprey (both the limpet and the lamprey being noted for their powerful suckers), from Medieval Latin lamprēda; see lamprey.]

limpet

(ˈlɪmpɪt)
n
1. (Animals) any of numerous marine gastropods, such as Patella vulgata (common limpet) and Fissurella (or Diodora) apertura (keyhole limpet), that have a conical shell and are found clinging to rocks
2. (Animals) any of various similar freshwater gastropods, such as Ancylus fluviatilis (river limpet)
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (modifier) relating to or denoting certain weapons that are attached to their targets by magnetic or adhesive properties and resist removal: limpet mines.
4. (Nautical Terms) a small open caisson shaped to fit against a dock wall, used mainly in repair work
[Old English lempedu, from Latin lepas, from Greek]

lim•pet

(ˈlɪm pɪt)

n.
any of various marine gastropods with a low conical shell open beneath, usu. adhering to rocks.
[before 1050; Middle English lempet, Old English lempedu, alter. of *lepedu < Latin lepada, acc. of lepas < Greek lepás limpet]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.limpet - mollusk with a low conical shelllimpet - mollusk with a low conical shell  
shellfish - meat of edible aquatic invertebrate with a shell (especially a mollusk or crustacean)
2.limpet - any of various usually marine gastropods with low conical shells; found clinging to rocks in littoral areas
class Gasteropoda, class Gastropoda, Gasteropoda, Gastropoda - snails and slugs and their relatives
seasnail - any of several creeping marine gastropods with a spirally coiled shell: whelks; tritons; moon shells; neritids
Diodora apertura, Fissurella apertura, keyhole limpet - marine limpet having a conical shell with an opening at the apex
Translations
kuželnatkapřílipka
albueskæl
tapadó tengeri csiga
sæsnigill af òarahettuætt
napslak
kužľovkamištička
deniz salyangozu

limpet

[ˈlɪmpɪt]
A. Nlapa f
like a limpetcomo una lapa
B. CPD limpet mine Nmina f lapa

limpet

[ˈlɪmpɪt] npatelle f
like a limpet (fig)comme une ventouse

limpet

nNapfschnecke f; to stick to somebody like a limpet (inf)wie eine Klette an jdm hängen

limpet

[ˈlɪmpɪt] n (Zool) → patella (fig) → persona appiccicosa

limpet

(ˈlimpit) noun
a type of small, cone-shaped shellfish that fastens itself very firmly to rocks.
References in classic literature ?
She was a limpet, with the sensitive side of her stuck to a rock, for ever dead to the rush of fresh and beautiful things past her.
to knock a limpet from the rock does not require even cunning, that lowest power of the mind.
I knew indeed that shell-fish were counted good to eat; and among the rocks of the isle I found a great plenty of limpets, which at first I could scarcely strike from their places, not knowing quickness to be needful.
A little after, as I was jumping about after my limpets, I was startled by a guinea-piece, which fell upon a rock in front of me and glanced off into the sea.
As to the fauna, it might be counted by thousands of crustacea of all sorts, lobsters, crabs, spider-crabs, chameleon shrimps, and a large number of shells, rockfish, and limpets.
I continued three days feeding on oysters and limpets, to save my own provisions; and I fortunately found a brook of excellent water, which gave me great relief.
We compared two levels of protection, determined by fisheries management regimes (in turn associated to fishing pressure) on reproductive investment (gonadosomatic index) and body dry weight of two economically and ecologically important rocky reef species in central Chile: the keyhole limpet, Fissurella latimarginata and the red sea-urchin, Loxechinus albus.
I've got a series of poems looking at marine life including limpets and molluscs of various kinds.
Limpet spends much of the journey being thrown around the back of the 'rust bucket', the decrepit old car that takes them through the countryside and the reader truly feels her pain.
Researchers at the University of Portsmouth examined the mechanics of limpet teeth by pulling them apart all the way down to the level of the atom.
Pictures of anenomes, limpets, barnacles, seaweeds, shells and sand formations all combine to bring the reader closer to nature.
The keyhole limpet Megathura crenulata (Sowerby, 1825) is an important gastropod species within the rocky reefs of the eastern Pacific of the North American coast (Morris et al.