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mud turtle

any of several small, freshwater turtles of the family Kinosternidae, of North and South America, as the dark-brown Kinosternon subrubrum, of the U.S.
Origin of mud turtle
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I know our swamp as a hippopotamus might, or—to stick to plain Yankee creatures—a mud turtle.

    The Jonathan Papers Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
  • He kicked and struck wildly at the mud turtle without effect.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • The mud turtle's dread of the Chinese tomb was still with him.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • In the far corner, propped against the wall, sat the mud turtle.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • I don't believe the mud turtle is fairy prince, but I don't want to see him hurt.

  • The Wildcat flopped down on the grass, and the mud turtle joined him.

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  • The mud turtle grabbed his knees and shoved his feet firmly against the floor of the car.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • "That's a snapping turtle—not a mud turtle," went on the ranchman.

  • The loss of the mud turtle is serious, for it was a rare kind, but there is something else missing.

  • "I don't believe he was really a mud turtle at all," declared Alice.

British Dictionary definitions for mud turtle

mud turtle

any of various small turtles of the genus Kinosternon and related genera that inhabit muddy rivers in North and Central America: family Kinosternidae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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