turtle - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˈtɜː(r)t(ə)l/
singularturtle
pluralturtles
  1. 1
    British an animal with a shell and four short legs that lives mainly in the sea
  2. 2
    American an animal with a shell and four short legs that lives on the land, in the sea, or in rivers and lakes. In British English the animal that lives on the land is also called a tortoise.