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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

Sometimes random things that you wouldn't think mean anything mean so much to them. With kids, you can say, 'Let's go pick some flowers' or 'There's a snail. Let's investigate that.'
Heidi Klum

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

I have to confess I'm addicted to Sky Sports News. Just the music can pull me in. And then whether it's badminton in the Czech Republic, snail pushing or mole hopping, I'm hooked.
Andrew Buchan

The hand that dips into the bottom of the pot will eat the biggest snail.
Wole Soyinka
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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
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