Pleuroderes
Pleuroderes Pleu*rod"e*res, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the side + ? the neck.] (Zo["o]l.) A group of fresh-water turtles in which the neck can not be retracted, but is bent to one side, for protection. The {matamata} is an example. [1913 Webster]

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  • matamata — Pleuroderes Pleu*rod e*res, n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. ? the side + ? the neck.] (Zo[ o]l.) A group of fresh water turtles in which the neck can not be retracted, but is bent to one side, for protection. The {matamata} is an example. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tortue — [ tɔrty ] n. f. • v. 1190; lat. pop. °tartaruca (bestia), de °tartarucus, class. tartareus « du Tartare, infernal » 1 ♦ Reptile (chéloniens) à quatre pattes courtes, à corps enfermé dans une carapace, à tête munie d un bec corné, à marche lente.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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