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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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Turtle, Turtledovenoun

    Etymology: turtle , Saxon; tortorelle, French; tortarella, Italian; turtur, Latin.

    When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
    And merry larks are ploughmens clocks:
    When turtles tread. William Shakespeare, Love’s Lab. Lost.

    We’ll teach him to know turtles from jays. William Shakespeare.

    Take me an heifer and a turtle dove. Gen. xv. 9.

    Galen propos’d the blood of turtles dropt warm from their wings. Richard Wiseman.

Wikipedia

  1. Turtle

    Turtles are an order of reptiles known as Testudines, characterized by a special shell developed mainly from their ribs. Modern turtles are divided into two major groups, the Pleurodira (side necked turtles) and Cryptodira (hidden necked turtles), which differ in the way the head retracts. There are 360 living and recently extinct species of turtles, including land-dwelling tortoises and freshwater terrapins. They are found on most continents, some islands and, in the case of sea turtles, much of the ocean. Like other amniotes (reptiles, birds, and mammals) they breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water. Turtle shells are made mostly of bone; the upper part is the domed carapace, while the underside is the flatter plastron or belly-plate. Its outer surface is covered in scales made of keratin, the material of hair, horns, and claws. The carapace bones develop from ribs that grow sideways and develop into broad flat plates that join up to cover the body. Turtles are ectotherms or "cold-blooded", meaning that their internal temperature varies with their direct environment. They are generally opportunistic omnivores and mainly feed on plants and animals with limited movements. Many turtles migrate short distances seasonally. Sea turtles are the only reptiles that migrate long distances to lay their eggs on a favored beach. Turtles have appeared in myths and folktales around the world. Some terrestrial and freshwater species are widely kept as pets. Turtles have been hunted for their meat, for use in traditional medicine, and for their shells. Sea turtles are often killed accidentally as bycatch in fishing nets. Turtle habitats around the world are being destroyed. As a result of these pressures, many species are extinct or threatened with extinction.

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  1. turtle

    A turtle is a cold-blooded reptile that belongs to the Testudines order in the animal kingdom. Characterized by their tough, bony shells that serve as protective shields, turtles are one of the oldest reptile groups, with species living both on land and in water. They have a long lifespan and are found all around the world with varying sizes and diet based on their species. Some turtles are carnivorous, while others are herbivorous or omnivorous. Their ability to retract their heads into their shells distinguishes them from other reptiles.

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

Wikidata

  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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TURTLE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Turtle is ranked #61123 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Turtle surname appeared 329 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Turtle.

    66.5% or 219 total occurrences were White.
    24.9% or 82 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    4.2% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.4% or 8 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Numerology

  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. Stuart Chapman:

    More than two new species a week and 2,500 in the past 20 years speaks to how incredibly important Mekong River is to global biodiversity, while the threats to the region are many, these discoveries give us hope that species from the tiger to the turtle will survive.

  2. Seattle Aquarium spokesman Tim Kuniholm:

    It's almost like the turtle is wearing a life preserver.

  3. James Bryant Conant:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Isabella Tree:

    We only have possibly a few thousand left. We're probably the only piece of land in the UK where turtle dove numbers are actually rising.

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