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Definitions for turtle
ˈtɜr tltur·tle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. turtleneck, turtle, polo-necknoun

    a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar

  2. turtleverb

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

  3. capsize, turtle, turn turtleverb

    overturn accidentally

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

  4. turtleverb

    hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Turtlenoun

    the turtledove

  2. Turtlenoun

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

  3. Turtlenoun

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Turtle

    tur′tl, Turtle-dove, tur′tl-duv, n. a genus of Columbidæ, of graceful build, with small head and slender bill, long wings, and long rounded tail, flying swiftly and noiselessly, noted for their beauty of form and colour, their soft cooing, and their affection towards each other and their young. [A.S. turtle; Ger. turtel, Fr. tourtereau, tourterelle; all from the L. name turtur.]

  2. Turtle

    tur′tl, n. any tortoise, but esp. the edible Green Turtle, prized for the soup made from its flesh, chief glory of aldermanic banquets—Calipash is the part of the animal that belongs to the upper shield, a fatty, gelatinous substance of a dull-greenish colour; Calipee, the yellowish meat of the lower shield.—v.t. to pursue turtles.—ns. Tur′tleback, a turtle-shaped projection on the bows or stern of a ship for the purpose of keeping off heavy seas; Tur′tler, a hunter of turtles; Tur′tle-shell, tortoise-shell: a turtle-cowry; Tur′tle-soup, a soup the chief ingredient of which is turtle meat; Turt′ling, the catching of turtles.—Green turtle, a species of turtle which attains great size and is the source of real turtle-soup—its eggs also are much prized; Mock turtle, a soup made of calf's head in lieu of turtle meat; Turn turtle, to capsize, as a boat. [A corr. of tortoise, or of Sp. tortuga, or Port. tartaruga, a tortoise.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. turtle

    The well-known marine reptile described by early navigators as "reasonable toothsom meate." The horny covering of the shell of some species furnishes the substance commonly known as tortoise-shell.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of turtle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of turtle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of turtle in a Sentence

  1. Gaberiel Bever:

    Turtles have been missing their Archaeopteryx, their missing link to the rest of the vertebrate tree, since Darwin told us that we should be looking for one, with Odontochelys, Pappochelys and now Eunotosaurus, we now have a remarkable series of transitional forms that take us from an almost lizard-like creature to the modern turtle body plan that is so interesting and bizarre.

  2. Kevin Grant:

    I just remember shielding Kevin Grant while my sister screamed my name, after the turtle hit the glass, she was literally in shock and kept driving. I was the one covered in blood and telling her to calm down and call 911.

  3. James Bryant Conant:

    Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.

  4. Pennie Lindeque:

    They may possibly carry contaminants, bacteria or viruses, or they may affect the turtle at a cellular or subcellular level.

  5. The Facebook post:

    Edisto Beach State Park sea turtle patrol had a very rare find during a routine nest inventory, three to five days after a sea turtle nest shows signs of a major emergence, we dig down to determine the success of the nest by counting the hatched eggs, unhatched eggs and on occasions also find live hatchlings. While performing an inventory this past Wednesday, patrollers and volunteers found three alive loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings still in the chamber, but one hatchling, in particular, stood out because it had two heads!

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