noun Also tortoise shell.
adjective Also tor·toise-shell.
Origin of tortoiseshell
Examples from the Web for tortoiseshell
Historical Examples of tortoiseshell
And seeing that the Minister was looking over his tortoiseshell.The Burning Spear
Lady Harriet took up a tortoiseshell paper-knife and played with it.Double Harness
But tortoiseshell and white he-cats are occasionally to be seen.The Cat
Philip M. Rule
It is usually supposed that a tortoiseshell Tom is an impossibility.The Book of Cats
Charles H. Ross
In two hours Nakeesa has filled the tortoiseshell and returns to her man.Tales of South Africa
- a yellowish-brown mottled colour
- (as adjective)a tortoiseshell décor