WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
tur•tle1 /ˈtɜrtəl/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -tles, (esp. when thought of as a group) -tle. 
  1. Reptilesany of various water- and land-dwelling reptiles having the trunk enclosed in a shell.
  1. Nautical, Naval Termsturn turtle, to capsize or turn over completely.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
tur•tle1  (tûrtl),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -tles,  (esp. collectively) -tle, v.,  -tled, -tling. 
  1. Reptilesany reptile of the order Testudines, comprising aquatic and terrestrial species having the trunk enclosed in a shell consisting of a dorsal carapace and a ventral plastron.
  2. Reptiles(not used technically) an aquatic turtle as distinguished from a terrestrial one. Cf.  tortoise (def. 1).
  3. turn turtle: 
    • Naval Terms[Naut.]to capsize or turn over completely in foundering.
    • to overturn;
      upset:Several of the cars turned turtle in the course of the race.

  1. to catch turtles, esp. as a business.
turtler, n. 
  • Medieval Latin tortūca tortoise
  • alteration (influenced by turtle2) of French tortue 1625–35

tur•tle2  (tûrtl),USA pronunciation n. [Archaic.]
  1. a turtledove.
  • Latin turtur (imitative)
  • Middle English, Old English bef. 1000

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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