limpet

noun
lim·​pet | \ ˈlim-pət How to pronounce limpet (audio) \

Definition of limpet

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 : one that clings tenaciously to someone or something
3 : an explosive device designed to cling magnetically to a metallic surface (such as the hull of a ship)

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Examples of limpet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Saviz sustained damage in an early April limpet mine attack believed to be carried out by Israel. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 Attacks on ships over the past two years, involving commandos, limpet mines, drones or missiles, have raised alarm about passage in the waterways of the Middle East. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 How the limpet builds the layered structure with such precision is a mystery. Quanta Magazine, 21 June 2021 How the limpet builds the layered structure with such precision is a mystery. Viviane Callier, The Atlantic, 20 June 2021 On Tuesday, an Iranian cargo ship said to serve as a floating base for Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen was struck by an explosion, likely from a limpet mine. Fox News, 12 Apr. 2021 On Tuesday, an Iranian cargo ship said to serve as a floating base for Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen was struck by an explosion, likely from a limpet mine. Fox News, 12 Apr. 2021 On Tuesday, an Iranian cargo ship said to serve as a floating base for Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen was struck by an explosion, likely from a limpet mine. Fox News, 12 Apr. 2021 On Tuesday, an Iranian cargo ship said to serve as a floating base for Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard forces off the coast of Yemen was struck by an explosion, likely from a limpet mine. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of limpet

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for limpet

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

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“Limpet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/limpet. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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limpet

noun

English Language Learners 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

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