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tortoiseshell

noun [U]     /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 framesThe skin, hair and bone of non-human animals
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