- 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
Examples from the Web for limpet
Historical Examples of limpet
"Our good old Church is like a limpet on the shore," he said.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
John swore and struggled, but the old man stuck like a limpet.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Nevertheless, he clung to his seat like a limpet, and pulled at his oar with all his might.The Thorogood Family
Mr. Limpet looked at Mr. Grigg to see if any emotion was advisable.
When it had been given, young Limpet was about to go, when he remembered something.
- 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 removallimpet mines
- a small open caisson shaped to fit against a dock wall, used mainly in repair work
Word Origin for limpet
Word Origin and History for limpet
marine gastropod mollusk, early 14c., from Old English lempedu, from Medieval Latin lampreda "limpet" (see lamprey).