Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
an arched structure built over the deck of a ship as a protection against heavy seas
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Something shaped like the back of a turtle, especially:
a. Nautical An arched structure erected over the deck of a ship as protection from heavy seas.
b. Archaeology A stone tool with a convex side.
- turˈtle·backˌ, turˈtle·backedˌ adjective