WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
tur•tle1 /ˈtɝtəl/USA pronunciation n. [countable],pl. -tles,(esp. when thought of as a group )-tle. Reptilesany of various water- and land-dwelling reptiles having the trunk enclosed in a shell. idiom
    Nautical, Naval Termsturn turtle, to capsize or turn over completely.



Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

turtle /ˈtɜːtəl/ n
  1. any of various aquatic chelonian reptiles, esp those of the marine family Chelonidae, having a flattened shell enclosing the body and flipper-like limbs adapted for swimming
  2. turn turtleto capsize
Etymology: 17th Century: from French tortue tortoise (influenced by turtle²)
turtle /ˈtɜːtəl/ n
  1. an archaic name for turtledove
Etymology: Old English turtla, from Latin turtur, of imitative origin; related to German Turteltaube



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