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snapping turtle

noun

  1. either of two large, edible, freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae, of North and Central America, having a large head and powerful hooked jaws, especially the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina.


snapping turtle

noun

  1. any large aggressive North American river turtle of the family Chelydridae, esp Chelydra serpentina ( common snapping turtle ), having powerful hooked jaws and a rough shell Also calledsnapper


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Word History and Origins

Origin of snapping turtle1

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
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Example Sentences

The hooks on the end of final strokes indicate a tenacious mind that holds on to ideas and opinions as tight as a snapping turtle.

H-tchoo-tc-knee, the Snapping Turtle; half-bred and well-educated man.

I never saw anything funnier than those steers and a huge snapping turtle.

Just ahead of us, under a blackberry bush, was a huge snapping-turtle.

Gilliam shone at cross-examination; he went at Tandy savagely, taking hold like a snapping turtle and hanging on like one.

Cope says that the Cretaceous of New Jersey alone affords twenty species, one of them a snapping turtle six feet in length.

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