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limpet

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noun lim·pet \ˈlim-pət\

Simple Definition of limpet

  • : a type of ocean animal that has a shell and that is able to attach itself to things (such as rocks) very tightly

Full Definition of limpet

  1. 1 :  a marine gastropod mollusk (especially families Acmaeidae and Patellidae) that has a low conical shell broadly open beneath, browses over rocks or timbers in the littoral area, and clings very tightly when disturbed

  2. 2 :  one that clings tenaciously to someone or something

  3. 3 :  an explosive device designed to cling magnetically to a metallic surface (as the hull of a ship)

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Origin of limpet

Middle English lempet, from Old English lempedu, from Medieval Latin lampreda lamprey


First Known Use: before 12th century


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