snail

[sneyl]
noun
1.
any mollusk of the class Gastropoda, having a spirally coiled shell and a ventral muscular foot on which it slowly glides about.
2.
a slow or lazy person; sluggard.
3.
a cam having the form of a spiral.
4.
Midwestern and Western U.S. a sweet roll in spiral form, especially a cinnamon roll or piece of Danish pastry.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English snail, snayl(e), Old English snegel; cognate with Low German snagel, German (dial.) Schnegel

snaillike, adjective
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snail (sneɪl)
 
n
1.  any of numerous terrestrial or freshwater gastropod molluscs with a spirally coiled shell, esp any of the family Helicidae, such as Helix aspersa (garden snail)
2.  any other gastropod with a spirally coiled shell, such as a whelk
3.  a slow-moving or lazy person or animal
 
[Old English snægl; related to Old Norse snigill, Old High German snecko]
 
'snail-like
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

snail
O.E. snægl, from P.Gmc. *snagilas (cf. O.S. snegil, O.N. snigill, M.H.G. snegel, dial. Ger. Schnegel, O.H.G. snecko, Ger. Schnecke "snail"), from base *snag-, *sneg- "to crawl" (see snake). The word essentially is a dim. form of O.E. snaca "snake," lit. "creeping thing."
Also formerly used of slugs. Symbolic of slowness since at least c.1000; snail's pace is attested from c.1400.
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Slang Dictionary

snail

vt. To snail-mail something. "Snail me a copy of those graphics, will you?"
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Bible Dictionary

Snail definition


(1.) Heb. homit, among the unclean creeping things (Lev. 11:30). This was probably the sand-lizard, of which there are many species in the wilderness of Judea and the Sinai peninsula. (2.) Heb. shablul (Ps. 58:8), the snail or slug proper. Tristram explains the allusions of this passage by a reference to the heat and drought by which the moisture of the snail is evaporated. "We find," he says, "in all parts of the Holy Land myriads of snail-shells in fissures still adhering by the calcareous exudation round their orifice to the surface of the rock, but the animal of which is utterly shrivelled and wasted, 'melted away.'"

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Example sentences
The snail population has likewise shifted in response to this predation.
If that means running a drill through a snail darters home then so be it.
First, a snail eats cow dung rife with the worm's eggs.
But some people argue that it is unnecessary, since e-mail easily outpaces even
  the fastest kind of snail mail.
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