Meaning of “turtle” in the English Dictionary

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"turtle" in British English

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turtlenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtɜː.təl/ us /ˈtɝː.t̬əl/ plural turtles or turtle

Examples from literature

  • A sea turtle lays eggs at night. 
  • But this work does not protect the turtles from their worst enemy. 
  • Each turtle makes a nest by digging a hole in the sand. 
  • Man is the greatest threat to sea turtles. 
  • Sea turtles developed flippers to adapt to life in the sea. 
  • Some predators of baby sea turtles are crabs and birds. 
  • The turtle opens its mouth and a fish sees the skin moving around and thinks it is a worm. 
  • There are over 200 different kinds of turtles that are in danger in the world. 
  • Turtles and tortoises have always held our fascination. 
  • Turtles and tortoises have had a long relationship with humans. 

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

"turtle" in American English

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turtlenoun [ C ]

us /ˈtɜr·t̬əl/

an animal that lives in or near water, having a thick, outer shell that covers and protects its body

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