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snail,

name commonly used for a gastropodgastropod,
member of the class Gastropoda, the largest and most successful class of mollusks (phylum Mollusca), containing over 35,000 living species and 15,000 fossil forms.
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 mollusk with a shell. Included in the thousands of species are terrestrial, freshwater, and marine forms. Some eat both plant and animal matter; others eat only one type of food. Respiration is carried on by gills in the aquatic species; terrestrial forms have a pulmonary sac, or lung, in the mantle cavity. A few terrestrial species have returned to the sea, and consequently must rise to the surface to breathe. Eyes are borne on stalks or tentacles. Many snails, including all land snails, are hermaphroditic, but the majority of the marine species have separate sexes. A snail secretes a slimy path over which it progresses slowly by rhythmic contractions of the muscular base, or foot. Marine and terrestrial snails are eaten in various parts of the world. Snails are considered a delicacy in Europe and were eaten by primitive man and raised for food by the Romans. Certain harmful freshwater species harbor flukes and other parasites that cause disease in humans. Although some land snails cause economic losses by destroying vegetation, even more harm is done to gardens by slugsslug,
name for a terrestrial gastropod mollusk in which the characteristic molluscan shell is reduced to a thin plate embedded in the tissues. Like the terrestrial snails of the same order, slugs have a distinct head with a mouth, tentacles bearing eyes, and a lung for breathing
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. Snails are classified in the phylum MolluscaMollusca
, taxonomic name for the one of the largest phyla of invertebrate animals (Arthropoda is the largest) comprising more than 50,000 living mollusk species and about 35,000 fossil species dating back to the Cambrian period.
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, class Gastropoda.

What does it mean when you dream about a snail?

We often association snails with slowness, and a dream about snails could relate to our sense of something moving as a “snail’s pace” or a communication arriving via “snail mail.” Alternatively, as an animal with a hard shell, a snail can represent someone’s psychological shell.

snail

[snāl]
(invertebrate zoology)
Any of a large number of gastropod mollusks distinguished by a spiral shell that encloses the body, a head, a foot, and a mantle.

snail

symbol of deliberation and steadfastness. [Heraldry: Halberts, 38]

snail

1. any of numerous terrestrial or freshwater gastropod molluscs with a spirally coiled shell, esp any of the family Helicidae, such as Helix aspersa (garden snail)
2. any other gastropod with a spirally coiled shell, such as a whelk
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Helix aspersa, (garden snail), is a species of land snail, pulmonate gastropod, and is very common and widespread in mediterranean region and western Europe [1].
Further investigation has revealed that this name has been consistently applied incorrectly in the literature pertaining to South African land snails.
The giant land snail, Archachatina (Calachatina) marginata (Swainson).
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Notes on the flesh-eating land snail, Euglandina rosea in Texas, and its feeding habits.
Waste King's managing director, Glenn Currie, explained: "In August last year, one of our customers were moving to the USA and so had to get rid of her pet Giant African Land Snail.
Patterns of accumulation, distribution and liberation of Zn, Cu, Cd, and Pb in different organs of the land snail Helix pomatia L.
A tarantula, a snake, a guinea pig and a giant land snail were among the unusual visitors which spent time with pupils of all ages, ranging from Reception to Year Six.
Archaeological sites around the Mediterranean basin contain an abundance of land snail shell remains.