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An edible, gelatinous, yellowish substance found inside the lower shell of a turtle.
[Possibly alteration of calipash.]
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(Zoology) the yellow glutinous edible part of the turtle found next to the lower shell, considered a delicacy
[C17: perhaps a variant of calipash]
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