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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: tortue ( TORTOISE); influenced by turtledove

turtle

noun
     
turtle
tur‧tle [countable]
1HBA a reptile that lives mainly in water and has a soft body covered by a hard shell
2 American English any reptile that has a hard shell covering its body, for example a tortoise
3

turn turtle

a ship or boat that turns turtle turns upside down
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