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tur·tle 1

 (tûr′tl)
n.
1. Any of various aquatic or terrestrial egg-laying reptiles of the order Testudines (or Chelonia), having horny toothless jaws and a bony or leathery shell into which the head, limbs, and tail can be withdrawn in most species.
2. Any of various members of this order that live in fresh or brackish water, in contrast to the terrestrial tortoises.
3. Chiefly British A sea turtle.
4. The flesh of certain turtles, used for food.
intr.v. tur·tled, tur·tling, tur·tles
1. To hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation.
2. Nautical To capsize.

[Alteration (influenced by turtle) of Middle English tortu, from Old French tortue, ultimately (probably with influence from Old French tortu, crooked, and tordu, twisted, from the shape of its legs) from Vulgar Latin *tartarūca, feminine of *tartarūcus, of Tartarus (the turtle being a symbol of the forces of darkness in early Christian iconography), from Late Latin tartarūchus, from Late Greek tartaroukhos, occupying Tartarus : Tartaros, Tartarus + ekhein, to hold; see eunuch.]

tur′tler n.

tur·tle 2

 (tûr′tl)
n. Archaic
A turtledove.

[Middle English, from Old English, from Latin turtur, probably of imitative origin.]

tur·tle 3

 (tûr′tl)
n.
A turtleneck.

turtle

(ˈtɜːtəl)
n
1. (Animals) any of various aquatic chelonian reptiles, esp those of the marine family Chelonidae, having a flattened shell enclosing the body and flipper-like limbs adapted for swimming.
2. (Animals) US and Canadian any of the chelonian reptiles, including the tortoises and terrapins
3. (Nautical Terms) nautical a zip bag made as part of a spinnaker for holding the sail so that it can be set rapidly
4. turn turtle to capsize
vb
(Hunting) (intr) to catch or hunt turtles
[C17: from French tortue tortoise (influenced by turtle2)]
ˈturtler n

turtle

(ˈtɜːtəl)
n
(Animals) an archaic name for turtledove
[Old English turtla, from Latin turtur, of imitative origin; related to German Turteltaube]

tur•tle1

(ˈtɜr tl)

n., pl. -tles, (esp. collectively) -tle, n.
1. 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.
v.i.
2. to catch turtles, esp. as a business.
Idioms:
turn turtle, to capsize or turn over completely.
[1605–15; alter. of French tortue < Medieval Latin tortūca tortoise]

tur•tle2

(ˈtɜr tl)

n. Archaic.
a turtledove.
[before 1000; Middle English, Old English < Latin turtur]

tur·tle

(tûr′tl)
Any of various reptiles living either in water or on land and having a bony or leathery shell into which the head, legs, and tail can be pulled for protection.

turtle

, tortoise, terrapin - Turtle is applied to those living in water and tortoise to those that live on land, while terrapins live in fresh water; turtle and tortoise may come from the Latin root tort, with reference to the animals' twisted feet.
See also related terms for tortoise.

turtle


Past participle: turtled
Gerund: turtling

Imperative
turtle
turtle
Present
I turtle
you turtle
he/she/it turtles
we turtle
you turtle
they turtle
Preterite
I turtled
you turtled
he/she/it turtled
we turtled
you turtled
they turtled
Present Continuous
I am turtling
you are turtling
he/she/it is turtling
we are turtling
you are turtling
they are turtling
Present Perfect
I have turtled
you have turtled
he/she/it has turtled
we have turtled
you have turtled
they have turtled
Past Continuous
I was turtling
you were turtling
he/she/it was turtling
we were turtling
you were turtling
they were turtling
Past Perfect
I had turtled
you had turtled
he/she/it had turtled
we had turtled
you had turtled
they had turtled
Future
I will turtle
you will turtle
he/she/it will turtle
we will turtle
you will turtle
they will turtle
Future Perfect
I will have turtled
you will have turtled
he/she/it will have turtled
we will have turtled
you will have turtled
they will have turtled
Future Continuous
I will be turtling
you will be turtling
he/she/it will be turtling
we will be turtling
you will be turtling
they will be turtling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been turtling
you have been turtling
he/she/it has been turtling
we have been turtling
you have been turtling
they have been turtling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been turtling
you will have been turtling
he/she/it will have been turtling
we will have been turtling
you will have been turtling
they will have been turtling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been turtling
you had been turtling
he/she/it had been turtling
we had been turtling
you had been turtling
they had been turtling
Conditional
I would turtle
you would turtle
he/she/it would turtle
we would turtle
you would turtle
they would turtle
Past Conditional
I would have turtled
you would have turtled
he/she/it would have turtled
we would have turtled
you would have turtled
they would have turtled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.turtle - a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collarturtle - a sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar
tee shirt, T-shirt, jersey - a close-fitting pullover shirt
sweater, jumper - a crocheted or knitted garment covering the upper part of the body
polo-neck collar, turtleneck collar - a high close-fitting turnover collar
2.turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimmingturtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
chelonian, chelonian reptile - a reptile of the order Chelonia
marine turtle, sea turtle - any of various large turtles with limbs modified into flippers; widely distributed in warm seas
snapping turtle - large aggressive freshwater turtle with powerful jaws
mud turtle - bottom-dwelling freshwater turtle inhabiting muddy rivers of North America and Central America
terrapin - any of various edible North American web-footed turtles living in fresh or brackish water
Pseudemys rubriventris, red-bellied terrapin, red-bellied turtle, redbelly - freshwater turtle of Chesapeake Bay tributaries having red markings on the lower shell
Pseudemys scripta, yellow-bellied terrapin, slider - freshwater turtle of United States and South America; frequently raised commercially; some young sold as pets
cooter, Pseudemys concinna, river cooter - large river turtle of the southern United States and northern Mexico
box tortoise, box turtle - chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly
Chrysemys picta, painted terrapin, painted tortoise, painted turtle - freshwater turtles having bright yellow and red markings; common in the eastern United States
tortoise - usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica
pancake turtle, soft-shelled turtle - voracious aquatic turtle with a flat flexible shell covered by a leathery skin; can inflict painful bites
carapace, cuticle, shell, shield - hard outer covering or case of certain organisms such as arthropods and turtles
plastron - (zoology) the part of a turtle's shell forming its underside
Verb1.turtle - overturn accidentallyturtle - overturn accidentally; "Don't rock the boat or it will capsize!"
overturn, tip over, tump over, turn over - turn from an upright or normal position; "The big vase overturned"; "The canoe tumped over"
2.turtle - hunt for turtles, especially as an occupationturtle - hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
hunt, hunt down, track down, run - pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; "The dogs are running deer"; "The Duke hunted in these woods"

turtle

noun
Related words
adjectives chelonian, testudinal
see reptiles
Translations
костенурка
želvamořská želva
skildpadde
kelonio
kilpikonna
kornjača
teknősteknősbéka
skjaldbaka
カメ
거북
testudo
su aukšta atlenkiama apykaklevėžlių sriubavėžlys
bruņurupucis
morská korytnačka
želva
sköldpadda
เต่า
черепаха
con rùa

turtle

[ˈtɜːtl]
A. Ntortuga f (marina)
to turn turtlevolverse patas arriba (Naut) → volcar(se) (Aut) → volcarse, dar una vuelta de campana
B. CPD turtle soup Nsopa f de tortuga

turtle

[ˈtɜːrtəl] ntortue f marineturtle dove turtle-dove ntourterelle f

turtle

n(Wasser)schildkröte f; (US also) → (Land)schildkröte f; to turn turtlekentern

turtle

:
turtledove
n (lit, fig inf)Turteltaube f
turtleneck (pullover)
nPullover mmit Stehkragen

turtle

[ˈtɜːtl]
1. ntestuggine f, tartaruga acquatica
to turn turtle (boat) → scuffiare
2. adj (soup) → di tartaruga

turtle

noun
a kind of large tortoise, especially one living in water.
ˈturtle-neck noun
(a garment, especially a sweater, with) a high round neck. He was wearing a turtleneck; (also adjective) a turtle-neck sweater.
turtle soup
soup made from the flesh of a type of turtle.

turtle

سُلَحْفاةُ البَحْر želva skildpadde Wasserschildkröte θαλάσσια χελώνα tortuga kilpikonna tortue kornjača tartaruga カメ 거북 schildpad skilpadde żółw tartaruga черепаха sköldpadda เต่า su kaplumbağası con rùa 海龟
References in classic literature ?
She listened to college stories with deep interest, caressed pointers and poodles without a murmur, agreed heartily that "Tom Brown was a brick," regardless of the improper form of praise, and when one lad proposed a visit to his turtle tank, she went with an alacrity which caused Mamma to smile upon her, as that motherly lady settled the cap which was left in a ruinous condition by filial hugs, bearlike but affectionate, and dearer to her than the most faultless coiffure from the hands of an inspired Frenchwoman.
You see the European war has called for the use of a large number of aeroplanes, and as the pilots of them frequently have to fight, and so can not give their whole attention to the machines, some form of automatic stabilizer is needed to prevent them turning turtle, or going off at a wrong tangent.
The blood of the turtle has been in many chiefs, but all have gone back into the earth from whence they came, except Chingachgook and his son.
Real turtle, we understand, and salmon, tautog, canvas-backs, pig, English mutton, good roast beef, or dainties of that serious kind, fit for substantial country gentlemen, as these honorable persons mostly are.
AFTER dinner all the gang turned out to hunt for turtle eggs on the bar.
In that case he will grow tired of himself and come back, and you will both coo like turtle doves until he runs away again.
Then the Queen left off, quite out of breath, and said to Alice, `Have you seen the Mock Turtle yet?
This, which you believe to be meat, Professor, is nothing else than fillet of turtle.
We refreshed ourselves with a tin of mock- turtle soup and wine from the neighbouring pantry.
Moreover, it is strictly true that most ships will sail without ballast for some little time before they turn turtle upon the crew.
What will he say when, instead of a pair of plump turtle doves, billing and cooing in a bower of roses, he finds a single lean cormorant, standing mateless and shelterless on poverty's bleak cliff?
In a little while they stretched across Turtle Bay and Kip's Bay,[1] then shrouded themselves in the deep shadows of the Manhattan shore, and glided swiftly along, secure from observation.