terrapin

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noun ter·ra·pin \ˈter-ə-pən\

Definition of terrapin

  1. :  any of various aquatic turtles (family Emydidae); especially :  diamondback terrapin

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Origin and Etymology of terrapin

alteration of earlier torope, from Virginia Algonquian *to·rəpe·w


First Known Use: 1613


TERRAPIN Defined for English Language Learners

terrapin

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noun ter·ra·pin \ˈter-ə-pən\

Definition of terrapin for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of small turtle that lives in water


TERRAPIN Defined for Kids

terrapin

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noun ter·ra·pin \ˈter-ə-pən\

Definition of terrapin for Students

  1. :  a North American turtle that lives in or near fresh or somewhat salty water


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