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turtle US English

A slow-moving reptile, enclosed in a scaly or leathery domed shell into which it can retract its head and thick legs

sea turtle in turtle US English

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

box turtle US English

A land-living turtle that 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 sometimes kept as a pet

map turtle US English

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

mud turtle US English

Any of a number of drab-colored freshwater turtles that often crawl onto mudbanks, in particular

musk turtle US English

A small drab-colored American freshwater turtle that has scent glands that produce an unpleasant musky odor when the turtle is disturbed

turn turtle US English

(Chiefly of a boat) capsize

turtle bug US English

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

green turtle US English

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

Little Turtle US 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 US English

A submerged marine flowering plant found in the Caribbean, with long grasslike leaves

painted turtle US 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 US English

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

spotted turtle US 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 US English

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

soft-shelled turtle US English

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

mock turtle soup US English

Imitation turtle soup made from a calf’s head

alligator snapping turtle US English

A large-headed, long-tailed snapping turtle of the southeastern US, found especially in the Gulf States. Weighing up to 150 pounds (67.5 kg), it is the largest freshwater turtle in North America

turn turtle in turtle US English

(Chiefly of a boat) capsize

turtledove US English

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

turtleshell US English

Another term for tortoiseshell.

ridley US English

A small turtle of tropical seas

ridley turtle in ridley US English

A small turtle of tropical seas

hawksbill US English

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

hawksbill turtle in hawksbill US English

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

soft-shell turtle in soft-shelled turtle US English

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

flapshell US 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 US 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 US English

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

leatherback turtle in leatherback US English

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

loggerhead US English

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

loggerhead turtle in loggerhead US English

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

turn turtle in turn US English

see turtle.

eastern box turtle in box turtle US English

A land-living turtle that 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 sometimes kept as a pet

western box turtle in box turtle US English

A land-living turtle that 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 sometimes kept as a pet

common musk turtle in musk turtle US English

A small drab-colored American freshwater turtle that has scent glands that produce an unpleasant musky odor when the turtle is disturbed

common snapping turtle in snapping turtle US English

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

alligator snapping turtle in snapping turtle US English

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

spiny soft-shelled turtle in soft-shelled turtle US English

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