Found 2 items, similar to snail flower.
English → English
Definition: snail flower
n : perennial tropical American vine cultivated for its racemes
of showy yellow and purple flowers having the corolla
keel coiled like a snail shell; sometimes placed in genus
Phaseolus [syn: snailflower
, snail bean
, corkscrew flower
, Vigna caracalla
, Phaseolus caracalla
English → English
Definition: Snail flower
(sn[=a]l), n. [OE. snaile, AS. sn[ae]gel, snegel,
sn[ae]gl; akin to G. schnecke, OHG. snecko, Dan. snegl, Icel.
(a) Any one of numerous species of terrestrial
air-breathing gastropods belonging to the genus Helix
and many allied genera of the family Helicid[ae]
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
, 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
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.
5. (Bot.) The pod of the sanil clover.
, Edible snail
, Pond snail
, etc. See under
(Zo["o]l.), a boring univalve mollusk; a drill.
(Bot.), a cloverlike plant (Medicago scuttellata
, also, M. Helix
); -- so named from its
pods, which resemble the shells of snails; -- called also
, snail medic
, and beehive
(Bot.), a leguminous plant (Phaseolus Caracalla
) having the keel of the carolla spirally coiled
like a snail shell.
(Zo["o]l.), the shell of snail.
. (Bot.) See Snail clover