Turtle

Definition of Turtle

Tur´tle   Pronunciation: tûr´t'l
n.1.(Zool.) The turtledove.
1.
1.(Zool.) Any one of the numerous species of Testudinata, especially a sea turtle, or chelonian.
2.(Printing) The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.
Alligator turtle
etc. See under Alligator, Box, etc.
green turtle
(Zool.) a marine turtle of the genus Chelonia, having usually a smooth greenish or olive-colored shell. It is highly valued for the delicacy of its flesh, which is used especially for turtle soup. Two distinct species or varieties are known; one of which (Chelonia Midas) inhabits the warm part of the Atlantic Ocean, and sometimes weighs eight hundred pounds or more; the other (Chelonia virgata) inhabits the Pacific Ocean. Both species are similar in habits and feed principally on seaweed and other marine plants, especially the turtle grass.
Turtle cowrie
(Zool.) a large, handsome cowrie (Cypræa testudinaria); the turtle-shell; so called because of its fancied resemblance to a tortoise in color and form.
Turtle grass
(Bot.) a marine plant (Thalassia testudinum) with grasslike leaves, common about the West Indies.
Turtle shell
tortoise shell. See under Tortoise.

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capsize, overturn, tip over, tump over, turn over, turn turtle
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