Definition of snail in English:

snail

noun

  • 1A mollusc with a single spiral shell into which the whole body can be withdrawn.

    • ‘Some snails, sea slugs, and worms embed embryos in gel, often in the form of thin strings or beautiful coiled ribbons that undulate gracefully in the current.’
    • ‘Many snails have an operculum, a horny plate that seals the opening when the snail's body is drawn into the shell.’
    • ‘Bluegills are carnivores, primarily eating invertebrates such as snails, worms, shrimp, aquatic insects, small crayfish, and zooplankton.’
    • ‘Lobsters are bottom-feeding predators and their diet consists of worms, mussels, snails and other small marine bottom-dwelling organisms.’
    • ‘The Quitobaquito spring snail is a tiny, 0.06 inch long aquatic snail that belongs to the Hydrobiidae family.’
    • ‘The cone shell is a marine snail that lives in tropical regions worldwide, including the waters around northeastern Australia's Great Barrier Reef.’
    • ‘Most of the more recent success stories involve snails, isopods, and other marine animals that have colonized leaf litter or remained in environments close to the seashore.’
    • ‘Many larger animals (including snails, sand dollars, and fish) eat forams, and some are very selective about which species they eat.’
    • ‘The average shell strength of mud snails was twice that of Littorina, and three times that of Uca.’
    • ‘Slipper limpet snails are infesting Puget Sound, off the coast of Washington State.’
    • ‘Ruddy kingfishers in the Philippines remove land snails from their shells by smashing them against stones on the forest floor.’
    • ‘The exotic mud snail, Batillaria attramentaria, is common in a few bays and estuaries at the northern extent of C. californica's range.’
    • ‘Molluscicides destroy snails and slugs, which can be pests of agriculture or, in waterbodies, the vector of human diseases such as schistosomiasis.’
    • ‘These loose mats provide a sheltered and humid habitat for many mid shore animals, including shore crabs, littorinid snails, barnacles, mussels, young fish, lugworms and other invertebrates.’
    • ‘Large or small, landlubbers or seafarers or both, hermit crabs have one feature in common: they generally spend their lives inside the empty shells of snails or other mollusks.’
    • ‘Many predators will take a wide variety of prey, but some species of snakes feed exclusively on other snakes, others want only rodents, and still others concentrate on snails or scorpions.’
    • ‘As for cone snails, their shells are collected and sold by the thousands at curio shops to tourists.’
    • ‘The small body size of Pacific land snails has been considered indicative of the importance of aerial transport, with drift transport secondary.’
    • ‘As gardeners already know, all other slugs and snails (or gastropod mollusks, to the experts) sport a soft and slimy foot.’
    • ‘For most species of snails, shells and body plans curl in only one direction.’
    1. 1.1 Used in reference to something very slow:
      ‘he drove at a snail's pace’
      • ‘When this kicks in, the PC can slow to a snails ' pace.’
      • ‘Your internet connection is slow as a snail and your telephone makes buzzing noises.’
      • ‘A ship, slower than a snail, is crossing the sea.’
      • ‘Small stabbings of pain made him move at a snails pace.’
      • ‘On a different front - gender equality has been moving at a snails pace in Namibia, which serves as a particular challenge for the incoming government to improve the situation.’

Origin

Old English snæg(e)l, of Germanic origin; related to German Schnecke.

Pronunciation:

snail

/sneɪl/