snail

(redirected from at a snail's pace)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

snail

(snāl),
Common name for members of the class Gastropoda (phylum Mollusca). The freshwater pulmonate (nonoperculated, air-breathing) snails (subclass Pulmonata, order Basommatophora) include most intermediate hosts of trematodes parasitic in humans and domestic birds and mammals, chiefly in the families Lymnaeidae and Planorbidae. The subclass Prosobranchiata, the operculate snails, includes the order Neogastropoda, which includes the venomous stinging cone snails (genus Conus), and the order Mesogastropoda, of which the family Hydrobiidae includes most of the medically important host snails.
[M.E. snaile]

snail

(snāl)
n.
Any of numerous aquatic or terrestrial gastropod mollusks that typically have a spirally coiled shell, retractile foot, and distinct head.

snail

Etymology: AS, snagel, slug
an invertebrate of the order Gastropoda, several species of which are intermediate hosts of the blood flukes that cause angiostrongyliasis in humans.

snail

gastropod mollusc with a spiral, coiled shell. Some species of snails act as intermediate hosts for flukes and are thus of veterinary importance.

snail bait
References in periodicals archive ?
One LIC project which is moving forward at a snail's pace is the Hunters Point 9 million-square-foot mixed-use complex being developed by the New York State Urban Development Corp (UDC), the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New York City Public Development Corp.
Cars crawled along the eastbound lanes of the busy motorway as a convoy of hauliers drove at a snail's pace from Cross Hands in west Wales towards Newport 90 miles away.
The goal is to have a continuously moving line where planes are pulled forward at a snail's pace - one-half inch per minute - during an entire shift.
Such motion is extremely difficult to detect because at a great distance from Earth, even a speedy galaxy appears to cross the sky at a snail's pace.
I've been nudging [the state's pension plans] for two years on this, and they've been operating at a snail's pace when it comes to bringing in emerging firms," complains Jones.
Anyone who has driven, at a snail's pace, through so-called roadworks with not a worker in sight might feel inclined to ask: "That long?
to cheers from the rapt crowd, which had sat for four hours while the taping of the show had crept along at a snail's pace.