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limpet

any of various marine gastropod mollusks with a shallow conical shell and a broad muscular foot that sticks tightly to rocks: stuck like limpets to the spot, lest they forgot
Not to be confused with:
limpid – clear, transparent, as water or eyes: a limpid pool; lucid; easily comprehended: a limpid style of writing
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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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
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Translations
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tapadó tengeri csiga
sæsnigill af òarahettuætt
napslak
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limpet

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

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

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

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

(ˈlimpit) noun
a type of small, cone-shaped shellfish that fastens itself very firmly to rocks.
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