alligator snapping turtle


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.

Nearby words

  1. alligator lizard,
  2. alligator pear,
  3. alligator pepper,
  4. alligator shear,
  5. alligator skin,
  6. alligator wrench,
  7. alligatorfish,
  8. allingham,
  9. allingham, margery,
  10. allis's sign

Origin of alligator snapping turtle

An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800

Also called alligator snapper. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019