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soft-shelled turtle

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noun
  1. any of numerous aquatic turtles of the family Trionychidae, inhabiting North America, Asia, and Africa, having the shell covered with flexible, leathery skin instead of horny plates.

Origin of soft-shelled turtle

First recorded in 1765–75
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British Dictionary definitions for soft-shelled turtle

soft-shelled turtle

noun
  1. any freshwater turtle of the family Trionychidae, having a flattened soft shell consisting of bony plates covered by a leathery skin
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