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[lim-pit] /ˈlɪm pɪt/
any of various marine gastropods with a low conical shell open beneath, often browsing on rocks at the shoreline and adhering when disturbed.
Origin of limpet
before 1050; Middle English lempet, Old English lempedu, nasalized variant of *lepedu < Latin lepada, accusative of lepas < Greek lepás limpet Unabridged
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  • The beast justified his reputation; but Cullingworth, although he was no horseman, stuck to him like a limpet.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • Nevertheless, he clung to his seat like a limpet, and pulled at his oar with all his might.

    The Thorogood Family R.M. Ballantyne
  • In habits the key-hole limpet resembles the limpet, living in one rocky place and making excursions for food.

  • But it isn't the Judgment-day yet—at least, I hope not—eh, Mr. limpet?'

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • This little creature is the young of the Semi-transparent limpet, Patella pellucida.

  • When it had been given, young limpet was about to go, when he remembered something.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • Thus haematin is found in the so-called bile of slugs, snails, the limpet and the crayfish.

  • The officer also went to Grigg and limpet, and received from them the forged cheque.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • The limpet has a broad "foot," which almost fills up the opening of its shell.

    On the Seashore R. Cadwallader Smith
  • He had stuck like a limpet for an hour and a quarter, and made twenty-one.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for limpet


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
any of various similar freshwater gastropods, such as Ancylus fluviatilis (river limpet)
(modifier) relating to or denoting certain weapons that are attached to their targets by magnetic or adhesive properties and resist removal: limpet mines
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 limpet

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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