[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. pulmonary trunk,
  2. pulmonary tuberculosis,
  3. pulmonary valve,
  4. pulmonary vein,
  5. pulmonary ventilation,
  6. pulmonic,
  7. pulmonic airstream,
  8. pulmonitis,
  9. pulmono-,
  10. pulmonology

Origin of pulmonate

From the New Latin word pulmōnātus, dating back to 1835–45. See pulmonary, -ate1

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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 for pulmonate

C19: from New Latin pulmōnātus

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