- 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
- turn turtle ⇒ to capsize
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
- Reptilesany of various water- and land-dwelling reptiles having the trunk enclosed in a shell.
- Nautical, Naval Termsturn turtle, to capsize or turn over completely.
n., pl. -tles, ([esp. collectively])-tle, v., -tled, -tling.
- [Naut.]to capsize or turn over completely in foundering.
- to overturn;
upset:Several of the cars turned turtle in the course of the race.
- Medieval Latin tortūca tortoise
- alteration (influenced by turtle2) of French tortue 1625–35
- Latin turtur (imitative)
- Middle English, Old English bef. 1000
- an archaic name for turtledove