One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of various freshwater prosobranch molluscs constituting the family Ampullariidae; especially those of the New World genus Pomacea, which are popular in tropical aquaria and can grow to a large size, but have become a serious pest following introduction in Asia.
2British British the edible snail, Helix pomatia.
Late 18th century.
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