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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


  • Rescued Leatherback Turtle Released Today in South Carolina
    A huge sea turtle found stranded on a remote South Carolina beach over the weekend was returned to the wild today (March 12). The nearly 500-lb. (215 kilograms) leatherback turtle was rescued Saturday (March 7) on Yawkey-South Island Reserve, a barrier island near Georgetown, suffering from low blood sugar and exhaustion. The rare leatherback shuffled back into t Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'
  • After Beach Stranding, a 475-Pound Sea Turtle Is Back Home in the Ocean
    Yawkey is a 475-pound leatherback sea turtle that’s had quite a week. The giant turtle was found stranded on a remote beach off South Carolina’s Coast, in the Yawkey–South Island Reserve —the origin of its name. Usually, a leatherback turtle stuck ashore means death, but wildlife officials at the state’s Department of Natural Resources weren’t going to Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'
  • Rare 475-pound leatherback turtle released in SC
    ISLE OF PALMS, S.C. (AP) — A rare 475-pound endangered leatherback sea turtle found stranded on a South Carolina beach was released into the ocean on Thursday following five days of treatment at the South Carolina Aquarium. Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'

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