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1. See diamondback terrapin.
2. Chiefly British A turtle that lives in fresh or brackish water.
[Alteration of torope, from Virginia Algonquian.]
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(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]
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ter•ra•pin(ˈtɛr ə pɪn)
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]
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|Noun||1.||terrapin - 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
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