Definition of softshell turtle
: any of numerous freshwater carnivorous turtles of the family Trionychidae having sharp claws, mandibles, a flat, oval, or nearly round shell covered with soft leathery skin instead of with horny plates, a narrow head, nostrils at the end of a fleshy proboscis, and feet broadly webbed with but three claws and living in parts of Africa, Asia, and North America, including the whole Mississippi valley, the Great lakes, and many southern rivers
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up softshell turtle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).