- any of numerous aquatic turtles of the family Trionychidae, inhabiting North America, Asia, and Africa, having the shell covered with flexible, leathery skin instead of horny plates.
Origin of soft-shelled turtle
First recorded in 1765–75
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- any freshwater turtle of the family Trionychidae, having a flattened soft shell consisting of bony plates covered by a leathery skin
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