noun Also tortoise shell.
adjective Also tor·toise-shell.
Examples from the Web for tortoiseshell
He had long hair, done up on his head like a woman's and held in place by a tortoiseshell comb.The Enemies of Women|Vicente Blasco Ibez
These decorations and designs are inlaid work in tortoiseshell, ivory, ebony, mother-of-pearl and silver.The Violoncello and Its History|Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
In the earliest period any bones of animals (especially shoulder-bones) were used; later only tortoiseshell.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]|Wolfram Eberhard
The Indian tortoiseshell is thick and opaque and unequal, demanding preparation and welding.Intarsia and Marquetry|F. Hamilton Jackson
Boule or Premire partie is a metal inlay, usually brass, applied to a tortoiseshell background.Chats on Old Furniture|Arthur Hayden
British Dictionary definitions for tortoiseshell
- a yellowish-brown mottled colour
- (as adjective)a tortoiseshell décor