cup-and-saucer limpet

variants: or less commonly cup-and-saucer

Definition of cup-and-saucer limpet

: a mollusk of the family Calyptraeidae

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History and Etymology for cup-and-saucer limpet

so called from the shape of the inverted shell, the inner shelf of which resembles a cup sitting on the saucer-shaped outer shell

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“Cup-and-saucer limpet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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