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alligator snapping turtle

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noun
  1. a large American snapping turtle, Macroclemys temmincki, having three prominent ridges on its shell and a wormlike process on the floor of the mouth used to attract prey.
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Origin of alligator snapping turtle

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
Also called alligator snapper.
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