How thy snag teeth stand orderly,J. Cotgrave.
Like stakes which strut by the water side.
(Snag), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snagged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Snagging ]
1. To cut the snags or branches from, as the stem of a tree; to hew roughly. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.
2. To injure or destroy, as a steamboat or other vessel, by a snag, or projecting part of a sunken tree.
(Snag"ged) a. Full of snags; snaggy.
1. Full of snags; full of short, rough branches or sharp points; abounding with knots. "Upon a snaggy
2. Snappish; cross; ill-tempered. [Prov. Eng.]
(Snail) n. [OE. snaile, AS. snægel, snegel, snægl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl,
1. (Zoöl.) (a) Any one of numerous species of terrestrial air-breathing gastropods belonging to the
genus Helix and many allied genera of the family Helicidæ. They are abundant in nearly all parts of the
world except the arctic regions, and feed almost entirely on vegetation; a land snail. (b) Any gastropod
having a general resemblance to the true snails, including fresh-water and marine species. See Pond
snail, under Pond, and Sea snail.
2. Hence, a drone; a slow-moving person or thing.
3. (Mech.) A spiral cam, or a flat piece of metal of spirally curved outline, used for giving motion to, or
changing the position of, another part, as the hammer tail of a striking clock.
4. A tortoise; in ancient warfare, a movable roof or shed to protect besiegers; a testudo. [Obs.]
They had also all manner of gynes [engines] . . . that needful is [in] taking or sieging of castle or of city,
as snails, that was naught else but hollow pavises and targets, under the which men, when they fought,
were heled [protected], . . . as the snail is in his house; therefore they cleped them snails.Vegetius
5. (Bot.) The pod of the sanil clover.
Ear snail, Edible snail, Pond snail, etc. See under Ear, Edible, etc. Snail borer (Zoöl.), a
boring univalve mollusk; a drill. Snail clover (Bot.), a cloverlike plant (Medicago scuttellata, also,
M. Helix); so named from its pods, which resemble the shells of snails; called also snail trefoil,
snail medic, and beehive. Snail flower (Bot.), a leguminous plant (Phaseolus Caracalla) having
the keel of the carolla spirally coiled like a snail shell. Snail shell (Zoöl.), the shell of snail. Snail
trefoil. (Bot.) See Snail clover, above.
(Snail"fish`) n. (Zoöl.) See Sea snail (a).
(Snail"-like`) a. Like or suiting a snail; as, snail-like progress.
(Snail"-like`), adv. In the manner of a snail; slowly.