Meaning of “tortoiseshell” in the English Dictionary

"tortoiseshell" in British English

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tortoiseshellnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈtɔː.təʃ.ʃel/ us /ˈtɔːr.t̬əs.ʃel/

tortoiseshell noun [ U ] (CAT)

also tortoiseshell cat, US also calico cat a cat with white, black, brown, and orange fur

(Definition of “tortoiseshell” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tortoiseshell" in American English

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tortoiseshellnoun [ U ]

us /ˈtɔr·t̬əsˌʃel/

the hard shell of a turtle that has attractive brown and yellow patterns, or plastic made to look like this shell:

a tortoiseshell barrette
tortoiseshell eyeglass frames

(Definition of “tortoiseshell” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)