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snapping turtle

either of two large, edible, freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae, of North and Central America, having a large head and powerful hooked jaws, especially the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina.
Origin of snapping turtle
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The snapping turtle was nowhere to be seen, so they had to wait.

    Among the Pond People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • It snaps when taken in a way which rivals the snapping turtle.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • The snapping turtle was left to himself a great deal until the day when he and Belostoma drove away the boys.

    Among the Pond People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • "That's a snapping turtle—not a mud turtle," went on the ranchman.

  • Bolax, you're a snapping turtle today, and I'll leave you to recover your good temper.

    Bolax Josephine Culpeper
  • Then he laughed a grim snapping turtle laugh, and went to sleep.

    Among the Pond People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • The sneak of the school was so frightened that he did not dare to take hold of the snapping turtle.

    The Rover Boys Under Canvas Arthur M. Winfield
  • "And there is only one of me," said the snapping turtle to himself.

    Among the Pond People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • They will bight a hook az cheerfully az a snapping turtle, and hang on like a puppy tew an old kowhide boot.

British Dictionary definitions for snapping turtle

snapping turtle

any large aggressive North American river turtle of the family Chelydridae, esp Chelydra serpentina (common snapping turtle), having powerful hooked jaws and a rough shell Also called snapper
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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