Definition of soft-shelled turtle in English:

Share this entry

soft-shelled turtle

(also soft-shell turtle)


Image of soft-shelled turtle
A freshwater turtle with a flattened leathery shell, native to Asia, Africa, and North America.
  • Family Trionychidae: several genera and many species, including the spiny soft-shelled turtle Apalone(or (Trionyx) spinifera) of North America.
Example sentences
  • Superficially, softshells can be distinguished by their dorsoventral compression, leathery shells, and elongate snout.
  • Other turtles identified were softshell (Apalone sp.) and snapping turtles (Chelydra sp.).
  • Additionally, we question whether it is possible for softshell turtles to reach the Hudson River via the Erie Canal from Oneida Lake in a span of four years.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: soft-shelled tur·tle

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.