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tur•tle



Pronunciation: (tûr'tl), [key]
n., pl. -tles, (esp. collectively) -tle,
v., -tled, -tling.


n.
1. any reptile of the order Testudines, comprising aquatic and terrestrial species having the trunk enclosed in a shell consisting of a dorsal carapace and a ventral plastron.
2. (not used technically) an aquatic turtle as distinguished from a terrestrial one. Cf. tortoise (def. 1).
3. turn turtle,
a. Naut.to capsize or turn over completely in foundering.
b. to overturn; upset: Several of the cars turned turtle in the course of the race.

v.i.
to catch turtles, esp. as a business.

tur•tle



Pronunciation: (tûr'tl), [key]
n. Archaic.
a turtledove.

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

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