One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A marine mollusc which has a shallow conical shell and a broad muscular foot, found clinging tightly to rocks.
Patellidae, Fissurellidae (the keyhole limpets), and other families, class Gastropoda: numerous species, including the common limpet (Patella vulgata)
- ‘There is a gap of several tens of millions of years between the Middle Permian when the last Metoptomatids lived, and the Middle Triassic when the true limpets appear.’
- ‘Two thirds along things change, there are some scattered rocks covered in barnacles, limpets, mussels and seaweed.’
- ‘Barnacles are crustaceans like crabs and shrimps but, because of their appearance, until the 19th century they were thought to be molluscs like limpets and whelks.’
- ‘Entering the water from the shore, the first animal we spot may well be a mollusc such as a limpet or dog-whelk.’
- ‘Two species of limpets, previously unrecorded for the West Point area, have also been found during this study.’
- ‘Mussels and limpets are their primary food, but Black Oystercatchers prey on a wide range of shellfish and other creatures found along the rocky shore.’
- ‘It seems that as limpets creep across rocks, eating algae, they also eat chalk.’
- ‘Modern species thrive under intense herbivory from snails, chitons, and limpets, and this has been suggested as one reason for their success.’
- ‘Brains of limpets and abalones are much simpler than brains of garden snails and slugs in histological differentiation.’
- ‘The shape of a limpet's shell has a great deal to do with whether the animal remains securely attached to its rock or is ripped off and thrown onto dry land or into the waiting tentacles of a hungry sea anemone.’
- ‘The ‘lock-and-key’ fit of homing limpets may have more to do with resistance to dislodgment than with desiccation.’
- ‘Lottiid and especially fissurelid limpets, neither of which feed predominately on macroalgae, also have given rise to large-bodied taxa in certain temperate oceans.’
- ‘Some species of limpets have been shown to spend their entire lives within a few cm of their home scars, while others can move upwards of 1 m during a single tidal cycle.’
- ‘In coastal areas, they eat mussels, barnacles, and limpets.’
- ‘Many of the taxa that apparently diverged in the Paleozoic now are limpets and retain little information about the morphologies of their coiled ancestors.’
- ‘Secondary gills are found in Ancylids, which are freshwater limpets adapted to life in fast-flowing streams.’
- ‘The sand was dotted with saucer - sized jellyfish, rocks and pools are squidgy with jelly buttons encrusted with limpets, barnacles and winkles and are seedbeds for mussels.’
- ‘While Pisaster has a very broad diet that includes barnacles, limpets, snails, and chitons, mussels are its preferred prey.’
- ‘In particular, they noted that modem patelloid limpets have segmented scars due to bundling of the large retractor muscle.’
- ‘Slipper limpets have also made their way across the Atlantic, taking over areas off the coast of the British Isles and Northern Europe.’
- 1.1 Used in comparisons to refer to people and things that cling tightly.‘the couples on the floor were clinging to each other like limpets’
Old English lempedu, from medieval Latin lampreda ‘limpet, lamprey’.
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