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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.
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In other respects the whole went off very quietly, for the old folks could not bear noise and merriment; but old Dame Snail made a brilliant speech.
The burdock never grows alone, but where there grows one there always grow several: it is a great delight, and all this delightfulness is snails' food.
Now, there was an old manor-house, where they no longer ate snails, they were quite extinct; but the burdocks were not extinct, they grew and grew all over the walks and all the beds; they could not get the mastery over them--it was a whole forest of burdocks.
The old white snails were the first persons of distinction in the world, that they knew; the forest was planted for their sake, and the manor-house was there that they might be boiled and laid on a silver dish.
"Black snails, I dare say, there are enough of," said the old one.
"Here is the breakfast the Fairy sends to you," said the Snail.
Gerardo Garcia, the curator of lower vertebrates and invertebrates at Chester Zoo, said the snail was 'one of Bermuda's oldest endemic animal inhabitants'.
BEIRUT: The concept of slow food took on a new meaning Friday at the inaugural Beirut Snail Festival.
The investigations carried out to determine the long term effects of Costus afer leaf methanol extract, snail slime and the combined Costus afer and snail slime extracts on blood glucose levels of alloxan-induced diabetic Swiss albino rats were done at the University of Jos.
Large-scale determinants of intestinal schistosomiasis and intermediate host snail distribution across Africa: does climate matter?
The current record for the smallest snail was set in Guangxi, China, where the Angustopila dominikae, which grows to a maximum of only .86 mm, had been found.
The first commercial snail farm, Gaelic Escargot, was set up in Ireland in 2014 by Eva Milka in Co Carlow.