[sneɪl] or [snel]


(noun.) freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell.

(verb.) gather snails; 'We went snailing in the summer'.

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(n.) 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.

(n.) Any gastropod having a general resemblance to the true snails, including fresh-water and marine species. See Pond snail, under Pond, and Sea snail.

(n.) Hence, a drone; a slow-moving person or thing.

(n.) 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.

(n.) A tortoise; in ancient warfare, a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers; a testudo.

(n.) The pod of the sanil clover.

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Synonyms and Synonymous

n. [1]. Slug.[2]. Drone, idler, sluggard, slow-back.

Editor: Murdoch


n. a term for the species of terrestrial Gasteropoda which have well-formed spiral shells—the more typical snails belonging to the genus Helix of the family Helicid having the shell of many whorls globose depressed or conical.—ns. Snail′-clov′er -trē′foil a species of medic; Snail′-fish a fish of genus Liparis sticking to rocks; Snail′-flow′er a twining bean.—adjs. Snail′-like (Shak.) in the manner of a snail slowly; Snail′-paced (Shak.) as slow-moving as a snail; Snail′-slow as slow as a snail.—n. Snail′-wheel in some striking time-pieces a rotating piece with a spiral periphery having notches so arranged as to determine the number of strokes made on the bell.—Snail's pace a very slow pace.

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Unserious Contents or Definition

Snails crawling in your dream, signifies that unhealthful conditions surround you. To step on them, denotes that you will come in contact with disagreeable people.

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