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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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Gould, who died in 2002, also provided a record of the near extinction of the greater Bermuda land snail species, after he had earlier found thousands of live snails when he visited Bermuda in the 1960s.
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'It would be a great discovery if our micro mollusks in Argao would be proven to be the smallest snail in the world,' Rosales said.
She said: "We have ideal conditions for snail farming in Ireland - just look in your own back garden.
For snail food, the edge of the pen is sown with white clover, followed by chicory, beets or brassicas such as chard.
The giant African land snail is the biggest land snail in the world.
Of the snails kept at 90% RH, 70% survived the 30 days of the experiment: one snail died on day 13, and two snails died on day 21.
Due to the public health and nutritional importance of the snails in Nigeria and Enugu State in particular, this study was carried out to identify the edible terrestrial snail fauna of Ugwueme community in Enugu State Nigeria and their associated parasites.
However, Glanzman's experiment is still highly controversial as many believe that the human brain is much more complex than those of the snail's and we may not find similar associations such as memory transfer.
Inspired by the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, audiences can join a tiny snail on her trip round the world in this magical musical production set to tour the UK.