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snail

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noun \ˈsnāl\

Simple Definition of snail

  • : a small animal that lives in a shell that it carries on its back, that moves very slowly, and that can live in water or on land

Full Definition of snail

  1. 1 :  a gastropod mollusk especially when having an external enclosing spiral shell

  2. 2 :  a slow-moving or sluggish person or thing

snail·like play \ˈsnāl-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of snail

  1. <go and tell the snails in the back to hurry up>



Origin of snail

Middle English, from Old English snægl; akin to Old High German snecko snail, snahhan to creep


First Known Use: before 12th century


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snail

intransitive verb

Definition of snail

  1. :  to move, act, or go slowly or lazily



Examples of snail

  1. <the highway construction work created a bottleneck that had cars snailing for the next five miles>



1582

First Known Use of snail

1582


Medical Dictionary

snail

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noun \ˈsnā(ə)l\

Medical Definition of snail

  1. :  any of various gastropod mollusks and especially those having an external enclosing spiral shell including some which are important in medicine as intermediate hosts of trematodes






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