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tortoiseshellnoun [U]

uk   /ˈtɔː.təʃ.ʃel/ us   /ˈtɔːr.t̬əs.ʃel/
  • tortoiseshell noun [U] (ANIMAL SHELL)

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
  • 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)

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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)
Translations of “tortoiseshell”
in Chinese (Simplified) 玳瑁壳,龟甲,龟板, 仿玳瑁壳…
in Chinese (Traditional) 玳瑁殼,龜甲,龜板, 仿玳瑁殼…
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