Tortoiseshell meaning

tôrtĭs-shĕl
A domestic cat having a coat with irregular patches of different colors, usually black and reddish-orange.
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Any of several butterflies, chiefly of the genus Nymphalis, having wings with orange, black, and brown markings.
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The hard, mottled, yellow-and-brown shell of some turtles and tortoises, used in inlaying and, esp. formerly, in making combs, frames for eyeglasses, etc.
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A synthetic substance made in imitation of this.
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A mottled, yellow-and-brown color pattern.
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Any of several common, black and yellow-brown butterflies (genus Nymphalis) with markings resembling those of tortoise shell.
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A cat with a mottled coat of black, brown, red or yellow, white, etc.
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