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softshell

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noun soft·shell \ˈsȯf(t)-ˌshel\

Definition of softshell

  1. :  any of a family (Trionychidae) of freshwater carnivorous turtles that have sharp claws and mandibles and a flat round shell covered with soft leathery skin instead of with horny plates —called also soft-shelled turtle



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1771

First Known Use of softshell

1771


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