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box turtle

noun
1.
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
1795-1805, Americanism
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