Definition of sea snail in US English:

sea snail


  • 1A marine mollusk, especially one with a spiral shell.

    Subclass Prosobranchia, class Gastropoda

    • ‘For a while she assisted in his research on the nervous system of a sea snail.’
    • ‘The two national dishes are conch, an easily collected sea snail, rice, and peas.’
    • ‘Vietnam is home to a sea snail that in the process of constructing its house forms extremely rare orange melo pearls.’
    • ‘In Thule, the third most important prey by weight was the bottom-living sea snail, Liparis spp.’
    • ‘They comb the sea floor for sea snails, oysters and mussels.’
  • 2

    another term for snailfish
    • ‘Waren said that when he first examined the sea snail, the animal's magnetized scales kept sticking to his forceps.’