box turtle

noun
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 tortoise.


Origin:
1795–1805, Americanism

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Example sentences
The upper shell of the ornate box turtle is normally brown with numerous yellow lines radiating from the center of each scute.
Coyotes have been known to dig at a box turtle's shell for half an hour, only to give up with the turtle none worse for the wear.
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