mud turtle

noun
  1. any of several small, freshwater turtles of the family Kinosternidae, of North and South America, as the dark-brown Kinosternon subrubrum, of the U.S.

Origin of mud turtle

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for mud turtle

Historical Examples of mud turtle

  • Every man shrunk up and disappeared in his clothes like a mud-turtle.

    The Innocents Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Bobby crouched, drawing his head between his shoulders like a mud-turtle.

    The Adventures of Bobby Orde

    Stewart Edward White

  • I have a mud-turtle that I like about as well as Toby did Mr. Stubbs.

  • Even the splash of a mud-turtle waddling into the dam was audible.

    A Veldt Official

    Bertram Mitford

  • The government army is right outside, as your people could have seen, if they'd had the wit of a mud-turtle.

    Plain Mary Smith

    Henry Wallace Phillips


British Dictionary definitions for mud turtle

mud turtle

noun
  1. any of various small turtles of the genus Kinosternon and related genera that inhabit muddy rivers in North and Central America: family Kinosternidae
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