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tortoiseshellnoun [U]

 us   /ˈtɔr·t̬əsˌʃel/
the hard ​shell of a ​turtle that has ​attractivebrown and ​yellowpatterns, 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)







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tortoiseshellnoun [U]

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

the hard ​shell of a ​turtle that is ​yellow, ​orange, and ​brown and that is used to make ​decorativeobjects, or an ​artificialsubstance 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 ​orangefur
(Definition of tortoiseshell from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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