follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

snapping turtle

noun
1.
either of two large, edible, freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae, of North and Central America, having a large head and powerful hooked jaws, especially the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for snapping turtle
  • Never mind the occasional snapping turtle or snake that gets in the way.
  • Information on the appearance, habits and habitat preferences of the snapping turtle.
  • The only turtle species for which there is an open hunting season are the snapping turtle and the diamondback terrapin.
  • The aquarium is also proud to house a rare albino snapping turtle found in a local pond.
British Dictionary definitions for snapping turtle

snapping turtle

noun
1.
any large aggressive North American river turtle of the family Chelydridae, esp Chelydra serpentina (common snapping turtle), having powerful hooked jaws and a rough shell Also called snapper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for snapping turtle

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for snapping

13
18
Scrabble Words With Friends