limpet

Part of speech: noun

A small shell- fish, found clinging to rocks.

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Usage examples "limpet":

  1. Neal laughed, but he felt that to use Una's hair as a wrap for the red pulp of a crab's back or the soft, black belly of a limpet was a kind of profanation. - "The Northern Iron 1907", George A. Birmingham.
  2. He leaned over the gunwale of the river steamer that was bearing him to his destination, and the skipper, the sleeves of his gray- flannel shirt rolled up to his elbows, stood beside him and pointed out Pazobin, which lay about two miles off, clinging like a limpet to the river bank. - "A Galahad of the Creeks; The Widow Lamport", S. (Sidney) Levett-Yeats.
  3. He managed to pull him out, and when he had him safe and breathless on shore, he saw that the boat was nearing the ship, and that Date, torn and wet and disheveled, with three policemen, was up to his waist in water, struggling to bring ashore Cockatoo and the mummy case, to which he clung like a limpet. - "The Green Mummy", Fergus Hume.