The definition of a turtle is an aquatic reptile and is a member of the order Testudines or Chelonia.(noun)
An example of a turtle is a sea turtle.
See turtle in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: altered, prob. infl. by turtle(dove) < Fr tortue, tortoise < VL *tartaruca: see tortoise
See turtle in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Perhaps from French tortue
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Medieval Latin *tortūca
Origin: , perhaps alteration (influenced by Latin tortus, twisted, from the shape of its legs)
Origin: of Vulgar Latin *tartarūca
Origin: , feminine of *tartarūcus, of Tartarus
Origin: , from Late Latin tartarūchus
Origin: , from Late Greek tartaroukhos, occupying Tartarus
Origin: : Tartaros, Tartarus
Origin: + ekhein, to hold; see eunuch.
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old English
Origin: , from Latin turtur
Origin: , probably of imitative origin.
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