plural noun

: a family of pleurodiran freshwater turtles including a New Guinea turtle (Carettochelys insculpta)

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, from Carettochelyd-, presumed stem of Carettochelys, a turtle genus of southern New Guinea and Northern Territory, Australia (from Caretta caretta + -o- -o- + Greek chélȳs "tortoise") + -idae -idae

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“Carettochelydidae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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