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.
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- alligator lizard,
- alligator pear,
- alligator pepper,
- alligator shear,
- alligator skin,
- alligator wrench,
- allingham, margery,
- allis's sign
Origin of alligator snapping turtle
An Americanism dating back to 1790–1800
Also called alligator snapper.
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