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limpet

[lim-pit] /ˈlɪm pɪt/
noun
1.
any of various marine gastropods with a low conical shell open beneath, often browsing on rocks at the shoreline and adhering when disturbed.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English lempet, Old English lempedu, nasalized variant of *lepedu < Latin lepada, accusative of lepas < Greek lepás limpet
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  • The mid shore is dominated by barnacles, limpets and some fucus.
  • Barnacles are displaced by limpets and mussels, who compete for space.
British Dictionary definitions for limpets

limpet

/ˈlɪmpɪt/
noun
1.
any of numerous marine gastropods, such as Patella vulgata (common limpet) and Fissurella (or Diodora) apertura (keyhole limpet), that have a conical shell and are found clinging to rocks
2.
any of various similar freshwater gastropods, such as Ancylus fluviatilis (river limpet)
3.
(modifier) relating to or denoting certain weapons that are attached to their targets by magnetic or adhesive properties and resist removal: limpet mines
4.
a small open caisson shaped to fit against a dock wall, used mainly in repair work
Word Origin
Old English lempedu, from Latin lepas, from Greek
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Word Origin and History for limpets

limpet

n.

marine gastropod mollusk, early 14c., from Old English lempedu, from Medieval Latin lampreda "limpet" (see lamprey).

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