musk turtle


noun

any of several aquatic turtles of the genus Sternotherus, of North America, which, when disturbed, emit a musky secretion.

Origin of musk turtle

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; so called from its musky smell
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British Dictionary definitions for musk turtle

musk turtle

noun

any of several small turtles of the genus Sternotherus, esp S. odoratus (common musk turtle or stinkpot), that emit a strong unpleasant odour: family Kinosternidae

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