turtle back

turtleback

[tur-tl-bak]
noun
1.
Archaeology, tortoise-core.
2.
Furniture. an oval or elliptical boss.

Origin:
1880–85; turtle1 + back1

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turtleback (ˈtɜːtəlˌbæk)
 
n
1.  an arched projection over the upper deck of a ship at the bow and sometimes at the stern for protection in heavy seas
2.  (now obsolete in archaeological usage) a crude convex stone axe

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