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musk turtle

noun
1.
any of several aquatic turtles of the genus Sternotherus, of North America, which, when disturbed, emit a musky secretion.
Origin of musk turtle
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; so called from its musky smell
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  • The turtle species include snapping turtle, common musk turtle, painted turtle and common map turtle.
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musk turtle

noun
1.
any of several small turtles of the genus Sternotherus, esp S. odoratus (common musk turtle or stinkpot), that emit a strong unpleasant odour: family Kinosternidae
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