mud turtle
Trionyx Tri*on"yx, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? (see {Tri-}) + ? a claw.] (Zo["o]l.) A genus of fresh-water or river turtles which have the shell imperfectly developed and covered with a soft leathery skin. They are noted for their agility and rapacity. Called also {soft tortoise}, {soft-shell tortoise}, and {mud turtle}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The common American species ({Trionyx ferox} syn. {Aspidonectus ferox}) becomes over a foot in length and is very voracious. Similar species are found in Asia and Africa. [1913 Webster]


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  • mud turtle — ☆ mud turtle n. any of a genus (Kinosternon) of musk turtles of North and Central America that live in muddy ponds, streams, etc …   English World dictionary

  • mud turtle — any of several small, freshwater turtles of the family Kinosternidae, of North and South America, as the dark brown Kinosternon subrubrum, of the U.S. [1775 85, Amer.] * * *  any of about 18 species of semiterrestrial freshwater turtles (turtle)… …   Universalium

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  • mud turtle — mud′ tur tle n. ram any of several small freshwater turtles of the family Kinosternidae, of North and South America, characterized by two transverse hinges on the lower shell • Etymology: 1775–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • mud turtle — n. small freshwater turtle native to North and Central America that dwells in mud at the bottom of ponds and streams …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mud turtle — noun bottom dwelling freshwater turtle inhabiting muddy rivers of North America and Central America • Hypernyms: ↑turtle • Hyponyms: ↑musk turtle, ↑stinkpot • Member Holonyms: ↑Kinosternon, ↑genus Kinosternon …   Useful english dictionary

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  • mud turtle — /ˈmʌd tɜtl/ (say mud tertl) noun any of various freshwater turtles of North America, as Kinosternon subrubrum, or Chrysemys picta …   Australian English dictionary

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