turtleback

[tur-tl-bak]

Origin of turtleback

First recorded in 1880–85; turtle1 + back1
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turtleback

noun
  1. an arched projection over the upper deck of a ship at the bow and sometimes at the stern for protection in heavy seas
  2. (now obsolete in archaeological usage) a crude convex stone axe
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