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tortoiseshelltor‧toise‧shell /ˈtɔːtəsʃel, ˈtɔːtəʃel $ ˈtɔːr-/ noun  1 [uncountable]HBATI a hard shiny brown and white material made from the shell of a tortoise2 [countable]HBADHP a cat that has yellow, brown, and black marks on its fur3 [countable]HBI a butterfly that has brown and orange wings
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tortoiseshelltortoiseshell glassesFirst, what exactly is a tortoiseshell cat?Her auburn hair had been lifted from her shoulders and tied with a tortoiseshell slide.a tortoiseshell brushThis beautiful tortoiseshell stretched, licked a languid paw and sat up.It was Rats, Molly's huge tortoiseshell cat.The chances of finding a male tortoiseshell have been calculated at about 200 to 1.A visible example of X chromosome inactivation is the tortoiseshell cat.The tortoiseshell cat was found wounded and frightened in Grangetown, Middlesbrough, and brought to an animal sanctuary.
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