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(Animals) any freshwater turtle of the family Trionychidae, having a flattened soft shell consisting of bony plates covered by a leathery skin
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|Noun||1.||soft-shelled turtle - voracious aquatic turtle with a flat flexible shell covered by a leathery skin; can inflict painful bites|
turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
spiny softshell, Trionyx spiniferus - river turtle of western United States with a warty shell; prefers quiet water
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