Box tortoise

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

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To box tortoise
WordNet
box tortoise

noun
chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly [syn: box turtle
box turtle

noun
chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly 
WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature