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Princeton's WordNet

  1. limpet(noun)

    mollusk with a low conical shell

  2. limpet(noun)

    any of various usually marine gastropods with low conical shells; found clinging to rocks in littoral areas


  1. Limpet(n.)

    Hence: Somthing or someone that clings tenaciously to another object or person; specifically a military explosive device having magnets allowing it to cling to a metallic target object, such as the hull of a ship.

    Etymology: [Prob. through French fr. L. lepas, -adis, Gr. lepa`s, -a`dos.]


  1. limpet(Noun)

    A small mollusc, of the family Patellidae with a conical shell found clinging to rocks in the intertidal zones of rocky shores.

  2. limpet(Noun)

    Someone dependant; someone disregarding or ignorant of another's personal space.

    He stuck to me like a limpet all day!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Limpet(noun)

    in a general sense, any hatshaped, or conical, gastropod shell

    Etymology: [Prob. through French fr. L. lepas, -adis, Gr. lepa`s, -a`dos.]

  2. Limpet(noun)

    any one of many species of marine shellfish of the order Docoglossa, mostly found adhering to rocks, between tides

    Etymology: [Prob. through French fr. L. lepas, -adis, Gr. lepa`s, -a`dos.]

  3. Limpet(noun)

    any species of Siphonaria, a genus of limpet-shaped Pulmonifera, living between tides, on rocks

    Etymology: [Prob. through French fr. L. lepas, -adis, Gr. lepa`s, -a`dos.]

  4. Limpet(noun)

    a keyhole limpet. See Fissurella

    Etymology: [Prob. through French fr. L. lepas, -adis, Gr. lepa`s, -a`dos.]


  1. Limpet

    Limpet is a common name for a number of different groups of sea snails and freshwater snails. The common name is applied to those snails that have a simple shell which is broadly conical in shape, and either is not spirally coiled, or appears not to be coiled in the adult snail. In other words the shell of all limpets is shaped more or less like that of most true limpets. As well as being applied to the true limpets, the common name "limpet" is used for many other, widely different, snails, all of which have a shell that does not appear to be spirally coiled in the adult stage. The term "false limpets" is used for some of the other snails that have a shell that is limpet-like or "patelliform". All the true limpets are marine, but the feature of a simple conical shell has arisen independently many times in gastropod evolution, in many different evolutionary lineages, and as a result, there are freshwater limpets and well as saltwater limpets. Some limpets have a gill or gills, some have a lung, and in some of those cases the lung has been modified to absorb oxygen from water. In other words, the name limpet is used to describe various extremely diverse groups of gastropods that have independently evolved a shell of the same basic shape.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Limpet

    lim′pet, n. a small shellfish which clings to intertidal rocks. [A.S. lempedu, lamprede, lamprey.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. limpet

    A well-known shell-fish, giving rise to the brackish proverb, "Sticking fast like a limpet to a rock."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of limpet in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of limpet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of limpet in a Sentence

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    Until now we thought that spider silk was the strongest biological material because of its super-strength and potential applications in everything from bullet-proof vests to computer electronics, but now we have discovered that limpet teeth exhibit a strength that is potentially higher.

  2. Sean Kido:

    The damage at the blast hole is consistent with a limpet mine attack, it is not consistent with an external flying object striking the ship.

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