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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
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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
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