softshelled turtle

soft-shelled turtle

noun
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:
1765–75

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soft-shelled turtle
 
n
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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