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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For international business, the risks could be clearly seen after crude oil prices jumped nearly 4% after the June limpet mine attacks in the Gulf of Oman. Washington Post, "New US-led patrols in Persian Gulf raise stakes with Iran," 3 Sep. 2019 The United States has accused Iran of two attacks in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf, in which magnetic limpet mines exploded against the hulls of foreign tankers in May and June. Washington Post, "Trump says the U.S. Navy downed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz," 18 July 2019 The Trump administration has blamed Iran for both incidents, at least one of which is said to have been carried out by use of limpet mine similar to devices previously displayed at Iranian military parades. Washington Post, "Trump ordered attack on Iran for downing drone, then called it off," 22 June 2019 The Trump administration has blamed Iran for both incidents, at least one of which is said to have been carried out by use of limpet mine similar to devices previously displayed at Iranian military parades. Author: John Hudson, Missy Ryan, Erin Cunningham, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s account of planning, then canceling strikes on Iran is facing scrutiny," 21 June 2019 The Trump administration has blamed Iran for both incidents, at least one of which is said to have been carried out by use of limpet mine similar to devices previously displayed at Iranian military parades. oregonlive.com, "Donald Trump calls off retaliatory missile strike on Iran," 21 June 2019 The Trump administration has blamed Iran for both incidents, at least one of which is said to have been carried out by use of limpet mine similar to devices previously displayed at Iranian military parades. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Trump’s account of Iran strike decision draws scrutiny," 21 June 2019 Those pieces put together have U.S. sailors suspecting the limpet mine came from Iran. Jon Gambrell, The Denver Post, "U.S. Navy expert says tanker attack mine resembles Iranian mines," 19 June 2019 Pictures of pieces of a limpet mine were released as part of that effort by the U.S. Navy on Tuesday. Fox News, "Limpet mine used in oil tanker attacks 'bears striking resemblance' to similar Iranian Mines, US Navy says," 19 June 2019

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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

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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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