terrapin


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ter·ra·pin

 (tĕr′ə-pĭn)
n.
2. Chiefly British A turtle that lives in fresh or brackish water.

[Alteration of torope, from Virginia Algonquian.]

terrapin

(ˈtɛrəpɪn)
n
(Animals) any of various web-footed chelonian reptiles that live on land and in fresh water and feed on small aquatic animals: family Emydidae. Also called: water tortoise
[C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Delaware torope turtle]

ter•ra•pin

(ˈtɛr ə pɪn)

n.
any of several edible North American turtles of the family Emydidae, inhabiting fresh or brackish waters, esp. the diamondback terrapin.
[1665–75, Amer.; earlier torope < Eastern Algonquian *to·rəpe·w variety of turtle]
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.terrapin - any of various edible North American web-footed turtles living in fresh or brackish waterterrapin - any of various edible North American web-footed turtles living in fresh or brackish water
turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
Emydidae, family Emydidae - box and water turtles
diamondback terrapin, Malaclemys centrata - of marshes along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of United States
Translations
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References in classic literature ?
At the head-waiter's suggestion I have ordered a cocktail with the oysters, and if we are much later he seemed to fear that it might affect the condition of the - I think it was terrapin, he said."
Skinner is my guest, and I will not have him treated in this fashion, just as the terrapin is coming in, too.
"Gee-up, old Terrapin! He lies aside of Ah Wee up the gulch.
At the enunciation of the aspirate, Fuddy-Duddy, the incapable terrapin, came to a dead halt, and before the vowel had died away up the ravine had folded up all his eight legs and lain down in the dusty road, regardless of the effect upon his derned skin.
If you dined with the Lovell Mingotts you got canvas-back and terrapin and vintage wines; at Adeline Archer's you could talk about Alpine scenery and "The Marble Faun"; and luckily the Archer Madeira had gone round the Cape.
I know it to be true; it happened on this ball; I trod the ship; I knew the crew; I have seen and talked with Steelkilt since the death of Radney." The ancient whale-cry upon first sighting a whale from the mast-head, still used by whalemen in hunting the famous Gallipagos terrapin.
The Appetite whose coarse clamoring was for the unwholesome viands of the general market and the public refectory shall be cast into eternal famine, whilst that which firmly through civilly insisted on ortolans, caviare, terrapin, anchovies, pates de foie gras and all such Christian comestibles shall flesh its spiritual tooth in the souls of them forever and ever, and wreak its divine thirst upon the immortal parts of the rarest and richest wines ever quaffed here below.
Bert, with his new weapon went off to the neighbourhood of Terrapin Rock, and there sat down to examine it.
1, will be overseen by a partnership between Terrapin Geothermics and the Municipal District of Greenview.
AN animal rescue group needs a digger to help create a home for a giant terrapin called Goliath.
TERRAPIN "I've seen first-hand the positive impact of the scheme but, as with most charities, the challenge is to always keep on top of fundraising.
But according to reptile vet Dr Alan Humphreys, the so-called 'turtles' are actually red-eared slider terrapins and are the most common terrapin to be found in the UK.