Lyre turtle
Lyre Lyre, n. [OE. lire, OF. lyre, L. lyra, Gr. ?. Cf. {Lyra}.] 1. (Mus.) A stringed instrument of music; a kind of harp much used by the ancients, as an accompaniment to poetry. [1913 Webster]

Note: The lyre was the peculiar instrument of Apollo, the tutelary god of music and poetry. It gave name to the species of verse called lyric, to which it originally furnished an accompaniment. [1913 Webster]

2. (Astron.) One of the constellations; Lyra. See {Lyra}. [1913 Webster]

{Lyre bat} (Zo["o]l.), a small bat ({Megaderma lyra}), inhabiting India and Ceylon. It is remarkable for the enormous size and curious shape of the nose membrane and ears.

{Lyre turtle} (Zo["o]l.), the leatherback. [1913 Webster]


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