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.
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.
The ancient whale-cry upon first sighting a whale from the mast-head, still used by whalemen in hunting the famous Gallipagos terrapin.
firmly through civilly insisted on ortolans, caviare, terrapin,
Bert, with his new weapon went off to the neighbourhood of Terrapin Rock, and there sat down to examine it.
Sea Life Manchester say UK aquariums are at capacity and terrapin owners are putting the reptiles down the toilet to avoid being caught illegally releasing them into the wild.
They also volunteer for the quarterly roadside clean-ups on Big Talbot Island and in 2017, the couple committed to join Team Terrapin, a volunteer team dedicated to monitor diamondback terrapin nesting sites near Big Talbot Island and Sawpit Islands.
Deberah said terrapins were classed as an invasive species under a European Union regulation which made it illegal from January 2015 to sell your terrapin or to release it into the wild.
19 December 2016 - US-based special purpose acquisition company Terrapin 3 Acquisition Corp.
Staff at the RSPB Conwy nature reserve had often spotted a red-eared terrapin basking in sunshine near reeds.