snapping turtle

noun

Definition of snapping turtle

:either of two large American freshwater turtles (family Chelydridae) with a large head, powerful jaws, a long tail, and a strong musky odor:
a :one (Chelydra serpentina) that has the head covered with smooth skin, has large plates in a double row on the underside of the tail, and is distributed from eastern Canada to Central America

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First Known Use of snapping turtle

1784


SNAPPING TURTLE Defined for English Language Learners

snapping turtle

noun

Definition of snapping turtle for English Language Learners

  • : a large American turtle that has strong jaws and that is sometimes used for food


SNAPPING TURTLE Defined for Kids

snapping turtle

noun snap·ping tur·tle \ ˌsna-piŋ-ˈtər-tᵊl \

Definition of snapping turtle for Students

:a large American turtle that catches its prey with a snap of the powerful jaws

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