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1. Informal An extremely conservative or old-fashioned person.
a. An old sluggish fish.
b. An old turtle with a growth of algae on its back.
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1. (Zoology) an old turtle, shellfish, etc, that has a growth of algae on its back
2. informal a provincial or conservative person
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1. Informal. a person holding very antiquated notions; reactionary.
2. an old turtle.
3. a large and old fish, as a bass.
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1. A person who vehemently, often fanatically opposes progress and favors return to a previous condition:
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