Alligator turtle, Box turtle, etc. See under Alligator, Box, turtle(Zoöl.), a marine turtle of the genus Chelonia, having usually a smooth greenish or olive-colored shell. It is highly valued for the delicacy of its flesh, which is used especially for turtle soup. Two distinct species or varieties are known; one of which (Chelonia Midas) inhabits the warm part of the Atlantic Ocean, and sometimes weighs eight hundred pounds or more; the other (C. virgata) inhabits the Pacific Ocean. Both species are similar in habits and feed principally on seaweed and other marine plants, especially the turtle grass.Turtle cowrie(Zoöl.), a large, handsome cowrie (Cypræa testudinaria); the turtle-shell; so called because of its fancied resemblance to a tortoise in color and form.Turtle grass(Bot.), a marine plant (Thalassia testudinum) with grasslike leaves, common about the West Indies.Turtle shell, tortoise shell. See under Tortoise.

(Tur"tle*dove`) n. [See 1ts Turtle.]

1. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of pigeons belonging to Turtur and allied genera, native of various parts of the Old World; especially, the common European species (Turtur vulgaris), which is noted for its plaintive note, affectionate disposition, and devotion to its mate.

Turreted to Twayblade

(Tur"ret*ed), a.

1. Furnished with a turret or turrets; specifically (Zoöl.), having the whorls somewhat flattened on the upper side and often ornamented by spines or tubercles; — said of certain spiral shells.

2. Formed like a tower; as, a turreted lamp. Bacon.

(Tur"ri*bant) n. [See Turban.] A turban. [Obs.]

With hundred turrets like a turribant.

(Tur"ric*al) a. Of or pertaining to a turret, or tower; resembling a tower.

(Tur*ric"u*late Tur*ric"u*la`ted) a. [L. turricula small tower, turret.] Furnished with, or formed like, a small turret or turrets; somewhat turreted.

(Tur"ri*lite) n. [L. turris tower + Gr. stone: cf. F. turrilite.] (Paleon.) Any fossil ammonite of the genus Turrilites. The shell forms an open spiral with the later whorls separate.

(Tur`ri*tel"la) n. [NL., dim fr. L. turris tower.] (Zoöl.) Any spiral marine gastropod belonging to Turritella and allied genera. These mollusks have an elongated, turreted shell, composed of many whorls. They have a rounded aperture, and a horny multispiral operculum.

(Tur`ri*tel"loid) a. [Turritella + -oid.] (Zoöl.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, the turritellas.

(Tur"tle) n. [AS. turtle, L. turtur; probably of imitative origin. Cf. Turtle the sea tortoise.] (Zoöl.) The turtledove.

(Tur"tle), n. [Probably the same word as the word preceding, and substituted (probably by sailors) for the Spanish or Portuguese name; cf. Sp. tortuga tortoise, turtle, Pg. tartaruga, also F. tortue, and E. tortoise.]

1. (Zoöl.) Any one of the numerous species of Testudinata, especially a sea turtle, or chelonian.

In the United States the land and fresh-water tortoises are also called turtles.

2. (Printing) The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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