painted turtle


: a North American freshwater turtle (Chrysemys picta) having a greenish to black carapace with yellow, red, or olive bordered scutes and a yellow plastron

Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of painted turtle was in 1876

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“Painted turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

painted turtle

: a common freshwater turtle of North America with a greenish black upper shell with yellow bands and red markings and a yellow lower shell

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