musk-turtle

musk turtle

noun
any of several aquatic turtles of the genus Sternotherus, of North America, which, when disturbed, emit a musky secretion.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism; so called from its musky smell

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musk turtle
 
n
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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