Amazon terrapin

noun

Definition of Amazon terrapin

: a large tropical American river terrapin (Podocnemis expansa) whose eggs are a valuable source of oil

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Amazon terrapin

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Amazon terrapin

from Amazon river

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Amazon terrapin

Time Traveler for Amazon terrapin

Time Traveler

The first known use of Amazon terrapin was in 1914

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Amazon terrapin

Cite this Entry

“Amazon terrapin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Amazon%20terrapin. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

Comments on Amazon terrapin

What made you want to look up Amazon terrapin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!