Box-turtle meaning

Any of several chiefly terrestrial turtles of the genus Terrapene of North America, having a domed carapace and a hinged bottom shell that pulls up against the carapace, allowing the animal to become completely encased within its shell.
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Any of various terrestrial or aquatic turtles of the genera Cuora and Pyxidea of China and Southeast Asia, having a similar appearance to American box turtles.
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Any of several North American terrapins (genus Terrapene) with a hinged shell that can be completely closed: usually found on land.
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A turtle of the genus Terrapene (the North American box turtles), or of Cuora or Pyxidea (the Asian box turtles), characterised by having a domed shell that is hinged at the bottom, allowing the animal to close its shell tightly to escape predators.
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Alternative form of box turtle.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of box-turtle - box turtle

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
box-turtle
Plural:
box-turtles