Snapping-turtle

snapping turtle

noun
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:
1775–85, Americanism

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snapping turtle
 
n
Also called: snapper 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

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