diamondback terrapin

noun

Definition of diamondback terrapin

: any of several terrapins (genus Malaclemys) formerly widely distributed in salt marshes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts but now much restricted

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First Known Use of diamondback terrapin

1887


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