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tortoiseshell

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noun tor·toise·shell \ˈtȯr-tə-ˌshel, -əsh-ˌshel\

Simple Definition of tortoiseshell

  • : the usually brown and yellow shell of a turtle that is used to make decorations

  • : a cat with yellow, orange, white, and black fur

  • : a usually brown and orange butterfly

Full Definition of tortoiseshell

  1. 1 :  the mottled horny substance of the shell of the hawksbill turtle used especially formerly in inlaying and in making various ornamental articles

  2. 2 :  any of several showy nymphalid butterflies (genera Nymphalis and Aglais)


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tortoiseshell

adjective tor·toise·shell

Definition of tortoiseshell

  1. 1 :  made of or resembling tortoiseshell especially in mottled brown and yellow coloring <tortoiseshell glasses>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being a color pattern of the domestic cat consisting of patches of black, orange, and cream



1651

First Known Use of tortoiseshell

1651



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