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turtle British & World English

A large marine reptile with a bony or leathery shell and flippers, coming ashore annually on sandy beaches to lay eggs

sea turtle in turtle British & World English

A large marine reptile with a bony or leathery shell and flippers, coming ashore annually on sandy beaches to lay eggs

box turtle British & World English

A land-living turtle which has a lower shell with hinged lobes that can be drawn up tightly to enclose the animal. It is native to North America and Mexico and is commonly kept as a pet in the US

map turtle British & World English

A small North American freshwater turtle with bold patterns on the shell and head

mud turtle British & World English

Any of a number of drab-coloured freshwater turtles that often haul themselves out on to mudbanks, in particular:

musk turtle British & World English

A small drab-coloured American freshwater turtle which has scent glands that produce an unpleasant musky odour when the turtle is disturbed

turn turtle British & World English

(Chiefly of a boat) turn upside down

turtle bug British & World English

A bug or beetle with a turtlelike carapace, especially an olive-brown shield bug that frequents grassy places

turtle dove British & World English

A small Old World dove with a soft purring call, noted for the apparent affection shown for its mate

green turtle British & World English

A sea turtle with an olive-brown shell, often living close to the coast and extensively hunted for food

Little Turtle British & World English

(C.1752–1812), American Indian leader, chief of the Miami. He was successful in raids on settlers in the Northwest Territory until several defeats forced him to sign the Treaty of Greenville (Ohio) in 1795

turtle-grass British & World English

A submerged marine flowering plant found in the Caribbean, with long grass-like leaves

leathery turtle British & World English

Another term for leatherback.

painted turtle British & World English

A small American freshwater turtle with a smooth shell and colorful patterns of red, yellow, and black that appear along the border of the carapace and (in certain subspecies) on the plastron

snapping turtle British & World English

A large American freshwater turtle with a long neck and strong hooked jaws

spotted turtle British & World English

A North American freshwater turtle with few or numerous yellow spots on the carapace. Once abundant, especially along the east coast of the US, the spotted turtle is protected in many areas

side-necked turtle British & World English

A freshwater turtle with a relatively long head and neck that is retracted sideways into the shell for defence

mock turtle soup British & World English

Imitation turtle soup made from a calf’s head

turn turtle in turtle British & World English

(Chiefly of a boat) turn upside down

turtleshell British & World English

Another term for tortoiseshell.

ridley British & World English

A small turtle of tropical seas

ridley turtle in ridley British & World English

A small turtle of tropical seas

hawksbill British & World English

A small tropical sea turtle with hooked jaws and overlapping horny plates on the shell, the traditional source of tortoiseshell

hawksbill turtle in hawksbill British & World English

A small tropical sea turtle with hooked jaws and overlapping horny plates on the shell, the traditional source of tortoiseshell

softshell British & World English

A freshwater turtle with a flattened leathery shell, native to Asia, Africa, and North America

softshell turtle in softshell British & World English

A freshwater turtle with a flattened leathery shell, native to Asia, Africa, and North America

stinkpot turtle in stinkpot British & World English

An American musk turtle with a domed shell, typically living in muddy-bottomed waters and producing a strong unpleasant smell when disturbed

flapshell British & World English

A soft-shelled turtle, native to India and Africa, with flaps of skin on the lower shell that fold to protect the hindlimbs and tail, and flexible margins to the upper shell that protect the head and limbs

flap-shelled turtle in flapshell British & World English

A soft-shelled turtle, native to India and Africa, with flaps of skin on the lower shell that fold to protect the hindlimbs and tail, and flexible margins to the upper shell that protect the head and limbs

leatherback British & World English

A very large black turtle with a thick leathery shell, living chiefly in tropical seas

leatherback turtle in leatherback British & World English

A very large black turtle with a thick leathery shell, living chiefly in tropical seas

loggerhead British & World English

A reddish-brown turtle with a very large head, occurring chiefly in warm seas

loggerhead turtle in loggerhead British & World English

A reddish-brown turtle with a very large head, occurring chiefly in warm seas

alligator snapper British & World English

A large snapping turtle occurring in fresh water around the Gulf of Mexico

alligator snapping turtle in alligator snapper British & World English

A large snapping turtle occurring in fresh water around the Gulf of Mexico


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