(Tur"nip-shell") n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several large, thick, spiral marine shells belonging to
Rapa and allied genera, somewhat turnip-shaped.
(Tur"nix) n. [NL., fr. L. coturnix a quail.] (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of birds belonging
to Turnix or Hemipodius and allied genera of the family Turnicidæ. These birds resemble quails and
partridges in general appearance and in some of their habits, but differ in important anatomical characteristics.
The hind toe is usually lacking. They are found in Asia, Africa, Southern Europe, the East Indian Islands,
and esp. in Australia and adjacent islands, where they are called quails (see Quail, n., 3.). See Turnicimorphæ.
(Turn"key`) n.; pl. Turnkeys
1. A person who has charge of the keys of a prison, for opening and fastening the doors; a warder.
2. (Dentistry) An instrument with a hinged claw, used for extracting teeth with a twist.
(Turn"-out`) n.; pl. Turn- outs
1. The act of coming forth; a leaving of houses, shops, etc.; esp., a quitting of employment for the purpose
of forcing increase of wages; a strike; opposed to lockout.
2. A short side track on a railroad, which may be occupied by one train while another is passing on a
main track; a shunt; a siding; a switch.
3. That which is prominently brought forward or exhibited; hence, an equipage; as, a man with a showy
carriage and horses is said to have a fine turn-out.
4. The aggregate number of persons who have come out, as from their houses, for a special purpose.
5. Net quantity of produce yielded.
1. The act or result of turning over; an upset; as, a bad turnover in a carriage.