musk turtle

noun

Definition of musk turtle

: any of various small American freshwater turtles (especially genus Sternotherus) that have musk glands especially : a small dark turtle (S. odoratus) capable of producing a foul odor

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Recent Examples on the Web The most sought after include box turtles, diamondback terrapins, mud and musk turtles, softshell turtles and snapping turtles. Kimberly Miller, USA TODAY, "Officials are cracking down on turtle smugglers in Florida," 22 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of musk turtle

1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Musk turtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/musk%20turtle. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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