Definition of snail noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//sneɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//sneɪl//
Gardening, Invertebrates
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  • a small soft creature with a hard round shell on its back, that moves very slowly and often eats garden plants. Some types of snail can be eaten. the war with the slugs and snails in my garden See related entries: Gardening, Invertebrates
  • Word OriginOld English snæg(e)l, of Germanic origin; related to German Schnecke.Idioms very slowly Traffic had slowed to a snail’s pace. See related entries: Gardening
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: snail

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