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1. Any of several chiefly terrestrial turtles of the genus Terrapene of North America, having a domed carapace and a hinged bottom shell that pulls up against the carapace, allowing the animal to become completely encased within its shell.
2. Any of various terrestrial or aquatic turtles of the genera Cuora and Pyxidea of China and Southeast Asia, having a similar appearance to American box turtles. In both senses also called box tortoise.
any chiefly terrestrial North American turtle of the genus Terrapene, having a hinged shell that can be tightly shut. Also called box′ tor`toise.
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|Noun||1.||box turtle - chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly|
turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming