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Meaning of SNAIL

Pronunciation:  sneyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell
  2. [n]  edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic
  3. [v]  gather snails; "We went snailing in the summer"

SNAIL is a 5 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: escargot
 See Also: collect, edible snail, edible snail, garden snail, garner, gastropod, gather, Helix pomatia, Helix pomatia, meat, pull together, scorpion shell, univalve, whelk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Snail\ (sn[=a]l), n. [OE. snaile, AS. sn[ae]gel, snegel,
sn[ae]gl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl, Icel.
1. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) Any one of numerous species of terrestrial
       air-breathing gastropods belonging to the genus Helix
       and many allied genera of the family {Helicid[ae]}.
       They are abundant in nearly all parts of the world
       except the arctic regions, and feed almost entirely on
       vegetation; a land snail.
   (b) Any gastropod having a general resemblance to the true
       snails, including fresh-water and marine species. See
       {Pond snail}, under {Pond}, and {Sea snail}.

2. Hence, a drone; a slow-moving person or thing.

3. (Mech.) 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.

4. A tortoise; in ancient warfare, a movable roof or shed to
   protect besiegers; a testudo. [Obs.]

         They had also all manner of gynes [engines] . . .
         that needful is [in] taking or sieging of castle or
         of city, as snails, that was naught else but hollow
         pavises and targets, under the which men, when they
         fought, were heled [protected], . . . as the snail
         is in his house; therefore they cleped them snails.

5. (Bot.) The pod of the sanil clover.

{Ear snail}, {Edible snail}, {Pond snail}, etc. See under
   {Ear}, {Edible}, etc.

{Snail borer} (Zo["o]l.), a boring univalve mollusk; a drill.

{Snail clover} (Bot.), a cloverlike plant ({Medicago
   scuttellata}, also, {M. Helix}); -- so named from its
   pods, which resemble the shells of snails; -- called also
   {snail trefoil}, {snail medic}, and {beehive}.

{Snail flower} (Bot.), a leguminous plant ({Phaseolus
   Caracalla}) having the keel of the carolla spirally coiled
   like a snail shell.

{Snail shell} (Zo["o]l.), the shell of snail.

{Snail trefoil}. (Bot.) See {Snail clover}, above.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. homit, among the unclean creeping things (Lev. 11:30). This was probably the sand-lizard, of which there are many species in the wilderness of Judea and the Sinai peninsula.

(2.) Heb. shablul (Ps. 58:8), the snail or slug proper. Tristram explains the allusions of this passage by a reference to the heat and drought by which the moisture of the snail is evaporated. "We find," he says, "in all parts of the Holy Land myriads of snail-shells in fissures still adhering by the calcareous exudation round their orifice to the surface of the rock, but the animal of which is utterly shrivelled and wasted, 'melted away.'"