- any of a family (Emydidae) of North American, terrestrial, freshwater or tidewater turtles, esp. the diamondback
- its edible flesh
Origin of terrapin; from diminutive of earlier torope, tortoise ; from Virginia Algonquian
- See diamondback terrapin.
- Chiefly British A turtle that lives in fresh or brackish water.
Origin of terrapinAlteration of torope, from Virginia Algonquian.