Definition of terrapin
: any of various aquatic turtles (family Emydidae); especially : diamondback terrapin
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Diamondback terrapins, which live along the coast from Texas to New England, are the only U.S. turtle that lives in brackish waters.
The Terrapins had two coaches recently watching a Bryant practice - former Alabama staffer Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, the defensive backs coach and receivers coach Chris Beatty.
The Terrapins (30-13) have hit the 30-win mark for the sixth consecutive season, extending the program's current school record streak.
The angular, concentric rings on a diamondback terrapin’s carapace form the bold pattern that lends this turtle its wonderful name.
Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin), like their oyster neighbors, were once extensively harvested in New York City, even farmed.
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Origin and Etymology of terrapin
alteration of earlier torope, from Virginia Algonquian *to·rəpe·w
First Known Use: 1613See Words from the same year
TERRAPIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of terrapin for English Language Learners
: a kind of small turtle that lives in water
TERRAPIN Defined for Kids
Definition of terrapin for Students
: a North American turtle that lives in or near fresh or somewhat salty water
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