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tortoiseshell

noun [U] uk   /ˈtɔː.təʃ.ʃel/  us   /ˈtɔːr.t̬əs-/
the hard shell of a turtle that is yellow, orange, and brown and that is used to make decorative objects, or an artificial substance made to look like this: glasses with tortoiseshell frames
Translations of “tortoiseshell”
in Chinese (Traditional) 玳瑁殼,龜甲,龜板, 仿玳瑁殼…
in Chinese (Simplified) 玳瑁壳,龟甲,龟板, 仿玳瑁壳…
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