- any of a family (Emydidae) of North American, terrestrial, freshwater or tidewater turtles, esp. the diamondback
- its edible flesh
Origin of terrapinfrom 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