any of several edible North American turtles of the family Emydidae, inhabiting fresh or brackish waters, especially the diamondback terrapin: some are threatened or endangered.
any of various similar turtles.

1605–15; earlier torope (< Virginia Algonquian < Eastern Algonquian *to·rəpe·w variety of turtle > Munsee Delaware tó·lpe·w) + -in, of uncertain origin

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terrapin (ˈtɛrəpɪn)
Also called: water tortoise any of various web-footed chelonian reptiles that live on land and in fresh water and feed on small aquatic animals: family Emydidae
[C17: of Algonquian origin; compare Delaware torope turtle]

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N.Amer. turtle, 1672, earlier torope (1613), from an Algonquian source (e.g. Abenaki turepe, Delaware tulpe "turtle"). Subsequently extended to allied species in S.Amer., E.Indies, China, N.Africa.
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Example sentences
Frogs and terrapin belong to a lower order of animals than fish,-reptiles.
Its newly protected beaches-habitats for both surfers and terrapin turtles-have
  some of the last high dunes in the area.
The area is a native nursery for nesting shore birds and diamondback terrapin.
The southern diamond-back terrapin has five toes, not six as shown here.
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