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Turtle Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
  • hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
  • overturn accidentally; "Don''t rock the boat or it will capsize!"

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  • any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming

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Turtle Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Cryptodira Pleurodira

Turtles are the reptile order Testudines. They have a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield.

The order Testudines includes both living and extinct species. The earliest fossil turtles date from about 220 million years ago. So turtles are one of the oldest surviving reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards, snakes and crocodiles.

Turtle have been very successful, and have an almost world-wide distribution. But, of the many species alive today, some are highly endangered.



'Turtle' example sentence in quotations


* A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture a little old lady at the back of the room got up and said 'What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.' The scientist gave a superior smile before replying, 'What is the turtle standing on' 'You're very clever, young man, very clever,' said the little old lady. 'But it's turtles all the way down.' - Stephen William Hawking

* A turtle with no legs tends not to go anywhere. - J & A Foundation


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Turtle Sample Sentences in News


  • What Happens When You Strap a Camera to a Sea Turtle's Shell
    Marine biologists have long known that leatherbacks like to chow down on jellies, but they never knew precisely how. Researchers from the non-profit organization the Canadian Sea Turtle Group use the tiny “turtle-cams” to gain insight into the sea turtle’s foraging habits off the coast of Nova Scotia. “It’s like getting turtle’s home videos—seeing wh Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'
  • Turtle-cam: Endangered leatherback devours jellyfish off the coast of Nova Scotia
    Sunday, March 1, 2015, 5:11 - In researching leatherback turtles off the coast of Nova Scotia, a team of scientists, engineers, commercial fishermen, and other volunteers gained new insight on the marine creatures eating habits and how they navigate below the surface of the water. Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'
  • Rescued sea turtle flown from Oregon to California
    NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — A sea turtle that was rescued from frigid Northwest waters and treated at the Oregon Coast Aquarium has caught a ride back to California on a Coast Guard training flight. Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'

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