spotted turtle

noun

: a freshwater turtle (Clemmys guttata) of the eastern U.S. that has a blackish carapace with round yellow spots

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The spotted turtle is a semiaquatic turtle native to the eastern U.S. and the Great Lakes region. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, 6 Apr. 2021 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 The species taken included: Florida box turtles, Eastern box turtles, striped mud turtles, Florida mud turtles, chicken turtles, Florida softshell turtles, Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, spotted turtles and diamondback terrapins. Fox News, 19 Oct. 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spotted turtle was in 1868

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“Spotted turtle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spotted%20turtle. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

spotted turtle

noun

: a small freshwater turtle of the eastern U.S. with a blackish shell covered with round yellow spots

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