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soft-shelled turtle

noun
1.
any of numerous aquatic turtles of the family Trionychidae, inhabiting North America, Asia, and Africa, having the shell covered with flexible, leathery skin instead of horny plates.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75
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soft-shelled turtle

noun
1.
any freshwater turtle of the family Trionychidae, having a flattened soft shell consisting of bony plates covered by a leathery skin
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