A snail is a small mollusk with a spiral-shaped shell. Snails are famous for moving very slowly, and for leaving a trail of slime behind them.

If you see snails on a restaurant menu, they're more likely to be listed as escargot, or "edible snail" in French. There are three general categories of snails: land snails, sea snails, and freshwater snails. They all have shells that they can retreat within—without a shell, a similar animal is instead called a slug. Snail can be traced back to the diminutive form of the Old English snaca, "snake" or "creeping thing."

Definitions of snail

n freshwater or marine or terrestrial gastropod mollusk usually having an external enclosing spiral shell

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scorpion shell
any of numerous tropical marine snails that as adults have the outer lip of the aperture produced into a series of long curved spines
Helix pomatia, edible snail
one of the chief edible snails
garden snail
any of several inedible snails of the genus Helix; often destructive pests
Helix aspersa, brown snail
serious garden pest having a brown shell with paler zigzag markings; nearly cosmopolitan in distribution
Helix hortensis
a kind of garden snail
Type of:
gastropod, univalve
a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes

n edible terrestrial snail usually served in the shell with a sauce of melted butter and garlic

Type of:
the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food

v gather snails

“We went snailing in the summer”
gather whelk
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

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