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box' tur"tle




any of several chiefly terrestrial turtles of the genus Terrapene, of North America, having a hinged plastron that can be tightly shut to enclose and protect the body. Also called box' tor"toise. See illus. under turtle.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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