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Definition of Snail


  1. Any one of numerous species of terrestrial air-breathing gastropods belonging to the genus Helix and many allied genera of the family Helicidae. They are abundant in nearly all parts of the world except the arctic regions, and feed almost entirely on vegetation; a land snail.
  2. Any gastropod having a general resemblance to the true snails, including fresh-water and marine species. See Pond snail, under Pond, and Sea snail.
  3. Hence, a drone; a slow-moving person or thing.
  4. A spiral cam, or a flat piece of metal of spirally curved outline, used for giving motion to, or changing the position of, another part, as the hammer tail of a striking clock.
  5. A tortoise; in ancient warfare, a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers; a testudo.
  6. The pod of the sanil clover.

Snail Quotations

By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
Charles Spurgeon

The spiral in a snail's shell is the same mathematically as the spiral in the Milky Way galaxy, and it's also the same mathematically as the spirals in our DNA. It's the same ratio that you'll find in very basic music that transcends cultures all over the world.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt

We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell.
James Stephens

In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.
Iris Murdoch

Time sometimes flies like a bird, sometimes crawls like a snail; but a man is happiest when he does not even notice whether it passes swiftly or slowly.
Ivan Turgenev
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Snail Translations

snail in Danish is snegl
snail in Dutch is slak, huisjesslak
snail in German is Schnecke
snail in Hungarian is csiga
snail in Italian is chiocciola
snail in Portuguese is caracol
snail in Spanish is caracol