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Turtle Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    turtle n : any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming v
  1. overturn accidentally; "Don't rock the boat or it will capsize!" [syn: capsize, turn turtle]
  2. hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
Turtle Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Turtle \Tur"tle\, n. [AS. turtle, L. turtur; probably of imitative origin. Cf. Turtle the sea tortoise.] (Zo["o]l.) The turtledove.
Turtle Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Turtle \Tur"tle\, n. [Probably the same word as the word preceding, and substituted (probably by sailors) for the Spanish or Portuguese name; cf. Sp. tortuga tortoise, turtle, Pg. tartaruga, also F. tortue, and E. tortoise.]

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Turtle'

Cryptodira Pleurodira and see text

Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines (the crown group of the superorder Chelonia), characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. "Turtle" may either refer to the Testudines as a whole, or to particular Testudines which make up a form taxon that is not monophyletic—see also sea turtle, terrapin, tortoise, and the discussion below.

The order Testudines includes both extant (living) and extinct species. The earliest known turtles date from 215 million years ago,

Like other reptiles, turtles are ectotherms—varying their internal temperature according to the ambient environment, commonly called cold-blooded. However, leatherback sea turtles have noticeably higher body temperature than surrounding water because of their high metabolic rate.

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* 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

  • Developers working on Turtle Creek office tower
    M-M Properties seeks tenants for the high-rise to be built at Turtle Creek and Cedar Springs, across from the Perot Group’s new headquarters. Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'
  • Sea Turtle Released from Hospital in Surf City
    A loggerhead turtle from the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital got to head home Wednesday. Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'
  • Tortoisegate 2014: New Aspen Art Museum Under Fire for iPad-Topped Turtles
    Building photo via Architectural Digest, turtle photo via Change.org Aspen's brand new $45 million art museum may have the Pritzker Prize winning architect Shigeru Ban on its side, but that doesn't mean it's immune from criticism. And while originally... Read more on this news related to 'Turtle'

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