noun, plural tur·tles, (especially collectively) tur·tle.
verb (used without object), tur·tled, tur·tling.
- turret lathe,
- Nautical.to capsize or turn over completely in foundering.
- to overturn; upset: Several of the cars turned turtle in the course of the race.
Origin of turtle1
Origin of turtle2
Examples from the Web for turtle
A non-Sioux nation in the state, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, also said no.The Native Americans Who Voted for ‘The Fighting Sioux’|Evan Weiner|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, Stovall has learned some political lessons in light of his turtle soup success.
He was filming other television spots in January and his campaign manager and the producer wanted to do the turtle soup spot.
So Rice decamped to Turtle Bay, where she bided her time until Jones retired at the NSC.
David McGuire tests Pacific seafood for mercury with GotMercury.org, a part of the Turtle Bay Restoration Network.Radioactive Tuna Won’t Kill You—but Should We Be Concerned About Mercury?|Daniel Stone|May 30, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the hunter was kind to the turtle: he tied it near a banana-tree, and gave it food every hour.Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
I have a turtle now that will have a funny story to tell his friends, if he ever reaches his native home again.
The turtle that had taken the pin hook was swimming about with the string dragging after it.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Aunt Lu's City Home|Laura Lee Hope
"I should think that would be a very nice place," said the turtle.The Magic Bed|Hartwell James
The fisherman is assisted by his companions in the canoe, and a line is secured to the turtle.The Overland Expedition of The Messrs. Jardine|Frank Jardine and Alexander Jardine
Word Origin for turtle
Word Origin for turtle
reptile, c.1600, "marine tortoise," from French tortue "turtle, tortoise," of unknown origin. The English word is perhaps a sailors' mauling of the French one, influenced by the similar sounding turtle (n.2). Later extended to land tortoises; sea-turtle is attested from 1610s. Turtleneck "close-fitting collar" is recorded from 1895.
"turtledove," Old English turtle, dissimilation of Latin turtur "turtledove," a reduplicated form imitative of the bird's call. Graceful, harmonious and affectionate to its mate, hence a term of endearment in Middle English. Turtledove is attested from c.1300.
see turn turtle.