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Turtle Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • 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


  • U.S. to monitor turtle exports in face of booming global trade
    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - There were lots of snickers when a Chinese-Canadian man was caught trying to leave the United States with 51 turtles hidden in his sweatpants, but the case illustrated the serious threat facing native species from the booming international turtle trade, federal scientists said on Thursday. To protect native species, the Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'
  • FWS proposes protections for four new freshwater turtle species
    Brooks Hays WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The Fish and Wildlife Service wants four native freshwater turtle species to be better protected by the rules of an international treaty known as CITES. Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'
  • Baltimore-area Restaurant Chain Increases Return Business with Implementation of SMS Masterminds’ Mobile Marketing ...
    Baltimore-based restaurant chain The Greene Turtle has seen increasing return business following its implementation of a cutting-edge text message marketing program for its Baltimore restaurants. Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'

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