(Li*ma"ceous) a. [L. limax, limacis, slug, snail: cf. F. limacé.] (Zoöl.) Pertaining to, or like,
Limax, or the slugs.
(||Lim`a*ci"na) n. [NL., from L. limax, limacis, a slug.] (Zoöl.) A genus of small spiral pteropods,
common in the Arctic and Antarctic seas. It contributes to the food of the right whales.
(||Li`ma`çon") n. [F. limaçon, lit., a snail.] (Geom.) A curve of the fourth
degree, invented by Pascal. Its polar equation is r = a cos &theta + b.
(Li"maille) n. [F., fr. limer to file. See Limation.] Filings of metal. [Obs.] "An ounce . . . of
silver lymaille." Chaucer.
(Li"man) n. [F. limon, fr. L. limus slime.] The deposit of slime at the mouth of a river; slime.
(Li*ma"tion) n. [L. limatus, p. p. of limare to file, fr. lima file : cf. F. limation.] The act of
filing or polishing.
(Li"ma*ture) n. [L. limatura. See Limation.]
1. The act of filing.
2. That which is filed off; filings. Johnson.
(||Li"max) n. [L.] (Zoöl.) A genus of airbreathing mollusks, including the common garden slugs.
They have a small rudimentary shell. The breathing pore is on the right side of the neck. Several species
are troublesome in gardens. See Slug.
(Limb) n. [OE. lim, AS. lim; akin to Icel. limr limb, lim branch of a tree, Sw. & Dan. lem limb; cf.
also AS. lið, OHG. lid, gilid, G. glied, Goth. liþus. Cf. Lith, Limber.]
1. A part of a tree which extends from the trunk and separates into branches and twigs; a large branch.
2. An arm or a leg of a human being; a leg, arm, or wing of an animal.
A second Hector for his grim aspect,Shak.
And large proportion of his strong-knit limbs.
3. A thing or person regarded as a part or member of, or attachment to, something else. Shak.
That little limb of the devil has cheated the gallows.Sir W. Scott.