matamata

noun ma·ta·ma·ta \ˌmatəməˈtä\

Definition of matamata

plural

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  1. 1 :  a pleurodiran turtle (Chelus fimbriata) of Guiana and the northern part of Brazil that reaches a length of three feet, has a rough shell and a long neck with fleshy fimbriae on the neck and on the head, and produces eggs that yield an edible oil

  2. 2 :  any of several South American trees of the genus Eschweilera of the family Lecythidaceae; especially :  a tree yielding a heavy hard compact wood used for pilings and foundation construction

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Origin and Etymology of matamata

Portuguese matamatá, from Tupi


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