- 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
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Examples from the Web for mud turtle
Every man shrunk up and disappeared in his clothes like a mud-turtle.The Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Bobby crouched, drawing his head between his shoulders like a mud-turtle.The Adventures of Bobby Orde
Stewart Edward White
I have a mud-turtle that I like about as well as Toby did Mr. Stubbs.
Even the splash of a mud-turtle waddling into the dam was audible.A Veldt Official
The government army is right outside, as your people could have seen, if they'd had the wit of a mud-turtle.Plain Mary Smith
Henry Wallace Phillips
- any of various small turtles of the genus Kinosternon and related genera that inhabit muddy rivers in North and Central America: family Kinosternidae
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