tortoise-shell
tortoise-shell ortoise-shell, adj. Having a color like that of a tortoise's shell, black with white and orange spots; -- used mostly to describe cats of that color. n. a tortoise-shell cat.

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  • Tortoise shell — Tortoise Tor toise, n. [OE. tortuce, fr. OF. tortis crooked, fr. L. tortus twisted, crooked, contorted, p. p. of torquere, tortum, to wind; cf. F. tortue tortoise, LL. tortuca, tartuca, Pr. tortesa crookedness, tortis crooked. so called in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tortoise shell — tortoise shell, 1. the mottled, yellow and brown shell of some turtles, especially the hawksbill turtle. It is much used for combs and ornaments. 2. any one of several butterflies spotted with yellow and black. 3. = tortoise shell cat. (Cf.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tortoise shell — noun The shell of a tortoise, sometimes inaccurately the shell of a turtle, or that material …   Wiktionary

  • tortoise-shell — carapace, hard shell which surrounds a tortoise …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tortoise-shell — n. Turtle shell …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • tortoise shell — Synonyms and related words: Dalmatian, antigorite, burele, butterfly, candy cane, chameleon, chatoyant, cheetah, chrysotile, confetti, crazy quilt, firedog, harlequin, iridal, iridescent, iridial, iridian, iris, irisated, irised, jaguar, leopard …   Moby Thesaurus

  • tortoise shell —    see …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • tortoise-shell —    see …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • tortoise-shell — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Tortoise-shell butterfly — Tortoise Tor toise, n. [OE. tortuce, fr. OF. tortis crooked, fr. L. tortus twisted, crooked, contorted, p. p. of torquere, tortum, to wind; cf. F. tortue tortoise, LL. tortuca, tartuca, Pr. tortesa crookedness, tortis crooked. so called in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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