alligator snapping turtle

alligator snapping turtle
noun Date: 1882 a turtle (Macroclemys temminckii) of southeastern United States rivers that may reach nearly 150 pounds (68 kilograms) in weight and 31 inches (79 centimeters) in length — called also alligator snapper

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  • Alligator Snapping Turtle — Taxobox name = Alligator Snapping Turtle status = VU | status system = IUCN2.3 image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Testudines familia = Chelydridae genus = Macrochelys species = M. temminckii binomial …   Wikipedia

  • alligator snapping turtle — a large American snapping turtle, Macroclemys temmincki, having three prominent ridges on its shell and a wormlike process on the floor of the mouth used to attract prey. Also called alligator snapper. [1790 1800, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • alligator snapping turtle — noun large species having three ridges on its back; found in southeastern United States • Syn: ↑alligator snapper, ↑Macroclemys temmincki • Hypernyms: ↑snapping turtle • Member Holonyms: ↑Macroclemys, ↑genus Macrocle …   Useful english dictionary

  • alligator snapping turtle — al′ligator snap′ping tur tle n. ram See under snapping turtle Also called al′ligator snap per. • Etymology: 1790–1800, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • snapping turtle — either of two large, edible, freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae, of North and Central America, having a large head and powerful hooked jaws, esp. the common snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina. Cf. alligator snapping turtle. [1775 85,… …   Universalium

  • snapping turtle — noun large aggressive freshwater turtle with powerful jaws • Hypernyms: ↑turtle • Hyponyms: ↑common snapping turtle, ↑snapper, ↑Chelydra serpentina, ↑alligator snapping turtle, ↑alligator snapper, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • snapping turtle — noun Date: 1784 either of two large American freshwater turtles (family Chelydridae) with a large head, powerful jaws, a long tail, and a strong musky odor: a. one (Chelydra serpentina) that has the head covered with smooth skin, has large plates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • snapping turtle — snap′ping tur tle n. ram either of two large freshwater American turtles of the family Chelydridae, having a massive nonretracting head and powerful jaws: Chelydra serpentina, of warm muddy shallows, and the larger Macroclemys temmincki… …   From formal English to slang

  • Snapping turtle — Snapping Snap ping, a. & n. from {Snap}, v. [1913 Webster] {Snapping beetle}. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Snap beetle}, under {Snap}. {Snapping turtle}. (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A large and voracious aquatic turtle ({Chelydra serpentina}) common in the fresh waters of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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