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turtle

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noun tur·tle \ˈtər-təl\

Definition of turtle

archaic

  1. :  turtledove



Origin of turtle

Middle English, from Old English turtla, from Latin turtur


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with turtle


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turtle

noun tur·tle

Definition of turtle

plural turtles also turtle

  1. :  any of an order (Testudines syn. Chelonia) of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine reptiles that have a toothless horny beak and a shell of bony dermal plates usually covered with horny shields enclosing the trunk and into which the head, limbs, and tail usually may be withdrawn



Origin of turtle

modification of French tortue, from Late Latin (bestia) tartarucha, feminine of tartaruchus of Tartarus, from Greek tartarouchos, from Tartaros Tartarus; from Mithraic and early Christian association of the turtle with infernal forces


First Known Use: 1612


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turtle

noun tur·tle

Definition of turtle



1952

First Known Use of turtle

1952



TURTLE Defined for Kids

turtle

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noun tur·tle \ˈtər-təl\

Definition of turtle

  1. :  a reptile that lives on land, in water, or both and has a toothless horny beak and a shell of bony plates which covers the body and into which the head, legs, and tail can usually be drawn




Medical Dictionary

turtle

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noun tur·tle \ˈtərt-əl\

Medical Definition of turtle

plural turtles also turtle

  1. :  any of an order (Testudines) of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine reptiles that have a toothless horny beak and a shell of bony dermal plates usually covered with horny shields enclosing the trunk and into which the head, limbs, and tail usually may be withdrawn—called also chelonian





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