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snapping turtle

noun

Simple Definition of snapping turtle

  • : a large American turtle that has strong jaws and that is sometimes used for food

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of snapping turtle

  1. :  either of two large American freshwater turtles (family Chelydridae) with a large head, powerful jaws, a long tail, and a strong musky odor:a :  one (Chelydra serpentina) that has the head covered with smooth skin, has large plates in a double row on the underside of the tail, and is distributed from eastern Canada to Central Americab :  alligator snapping turtle

Illustration of snapping turtle

1784

First Known Use of snapping turtle

1784

Rhymes with snapping turtle


SNAPPING TURTLE Defined for Kids

snapping turtle

noun snap·ping tur·tle \ˌsna-piŋ-ˈtər-təl\

Definition of snapping turtle for Students

  1. :  a large American turtle that catches its prey with a snap of the powerful jaws




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