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Words with nautical origins.

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limpet
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limpet

PRONUNCIATION:
(LIM-pit)

MEANING:
noun: 1. Any of various low conical-shelled marine mollusks that adhere tightly to rocks. 2. One that clings stubbornly.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English lempet, from Latin lampreda (lamprey).

USAGE:
"If your child becomes a limpet, the teacher will peel him off your leg."
Kevin Harcombe; Learning to Let Go; The Guardian (London, UK); Sep 2 2008.

See more usage examples of limpet in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its officeholders. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

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