alligator-snapper

alligator snapping turtle

noun
a large American snapping turtle, Macroclemys temmincki, having three prominent ridges on its shell and a wormlike process on the floor of the mouth used to attract prey.
Also called alligator snapper.


Origin:
1790–1800, Americanism

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