Definitions for turtleˈtɜr tl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tur•tleˈtɜr tl(n.)(pl.)-tles; -tle

  1. (n.)any reptile of the worldwide order Testudines, comprising aquatic and terrestrial species having the trunk enclosed in a shell consisting of a dorsal carapace and a ventral plastron.

    Category: Reptiles and Amphibians

  2. (v.i.)to catch turtles, esp. as a business.

Idioms for turtle:

  1. turn turtle, to capsize or turn over completely.

    Category: Idiom, Nautical, Navy

Origin of turtle:

1605–15; alter. of F tortue < ML tortūcatortoise

tur•tle*ˈtɜr tl(n.)

  1. a turtledove.

* Archaic..

Origin of turtle:

bef. 1000; ME, OE < L turtur

Princeton's WordNet

  1. turtleneck, turtle, polo-neck(noun)

    a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar

  2. turtle(verb)

    any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming

  3. capsize, turtle, turn turtle(verb)

    overturn accidentally

    "Don't rock the boat or it will capsize!"

  4. turtle(verb)

    hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. turtle(noun)ˈtɜr tl

    a reptile with a hard rounded shell that lives in and near water

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turtle(noun)

    the turtledove

  2. Turtle(noun)

    any one of the numerous species of Testudinata, especially a sea turtle, or chelonian

  3. Turtle(noun)

    the curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press

Freebase

  1. Turtle

    Turtles are reptiles of the order Chelonii or Testudines characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs and acting as a shield. "Turtle" may either refer to the order as a whole, or to particular turtles which make up a form taxon that is not monophyletic. The order Chelonii or Testudines includes both extant and extinct species. The earliest known turtles date from 220 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards, snakes or crocodiles. Of the many species alive today, some are highly endangered. Like all other extant reptiles, turtles are ectotherms—their internal temperature varies according to the ambient environment, commonly called cold-blooded. However, because of their high metabolic rate, leatherback sea turtles have a body temperature that is noticeably higher than that of the surrounding water. Like other amniotes, they breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water. The largest turtles are aquatic.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

turtle(noun)

a kind of large tortoise, especially one living in water.

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