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[puhl-muh-neyt, -nit, poo l-] /ˈpʌl məˌneɪt, -nɪt, ˈpʊl-/
Zoology. having lungs or lunglike organs.
belonging to the Pulmonata, an order of gastropod mollusks usually breathing by means of a lunglike sac, and including most of the terrestrial snails and the slugs and certain aquatic snails.
a pulmonate gastropod.
1835-45; < New Latin pulmōnātus. See pulmonary, -ate1 Unabridged
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  • Differential depth distribution among freshwater pulmonate snails subjected to cold temperatures.
  • pulmonate snails occupy a wide range of marine, estuarine, freshwater and terrestrial environments.
  • For instance, as eutrophication proceeds, air-breathing pulmonate snails replace gilled snails.
British Dictionary definitions for pulmonate


/ˈpʌlmənɪt; ˈpʊl-/
having lungs or lunglike organs
of, relating to, or belonging to the Pulmonata, a mostly terrestrial subclass or order of gastropod molluscs, including snails and slugs, in which the mantle is adapted as a lung
any pulmonate mollusc
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin pulmōnātus
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Encyclopedia Article for pulmonate

(subclass Pulmonata), any of various land and freshwater (a few marine) snails, class Gastropoda, that breathe by means of a "lung"-a saclike modification of the mantle cavity. The slugs lack an external shell, but most pulmonates have a spiral shell that may be attenuated or flattened. They are anatomically more advanced than other snails: all are detorted (bilaterally symmetrical, with an unlooped nerve cord) as adults, and the auricle of the heart is anterior to the ventricle. All are hermaphroditic-i.e., with both male and female reproductive organs in one animal.

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