- snail bore,
- snail cam,
- snail darter,
- snail fever,
- snail kite
Origin of snail
Examples from the Web for snail
The Daily Pic: James Nares slows Manhattan's rat race to a snail's pace.
You see, I've got the thick part of a snail's shell in my tooth and the minute that is out I'll be all right.'The Club at Crow's Corner|James Otis
The Snail sat there, and wondered and wondered that they did not come.Among the Meadow People|Clara Dillingham Pierson
Great God, I could work all day and all night if I could do what you do, but to strain at iron fetters—a snail!Love's Pilgrimage|Upton Sinclair
Word Origin for snail
Old English snægl, from Proto-Germanic *snagila (cf. Old Saxon snegil, Old Norse snigill, Danish snegl, Swedish snigel, Middle High German snegel, dialectal German Schnegel, Old High German snecko, German Schnecke "snail"), from *snog-, variant of PIE root *sneg- "to crawl, creep; creeping thing" (see snake (n.)). The word essentially is a diminutive form of Old English snaca "snake," which literally means "creeping thing." Also formerly used of slugs. Symbolic of slowness since at least c.1000; snail's pace is attested from c.1400.