diamondback terrapin
noun Date: 1887 any of several terrapins (genus Malaclemys) formerly widely distributed in salt marshes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts but now much restricted

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Diamondback terrapin — hand colored lithograph from Holbrook s North American Herpetology (1842) Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • diamondback terrapin — noun of marshes along Atlantic and Gulf Coasts of United States • Syn: ↑Malaclemys centrata • Hypernyms: ↑terrapin • Member Holonyms: ↑Malaclemys, ↑genus Malaclemys * * * noun …   Useful english dictionary

  • diamondback terrapin — any of several edible turtles of the genus Malaclemys, found in tidewaters of the eastern and southern U.S., having diamond shaped markings on the back. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • diamondback terrapin — dia′mondback ter′rapin n. ram any turtle of the genus Malaclemys, of eastern and southern U.S. tidewaters • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • Diamondback — may refer to: Diamondback Bicycles, a division of Raleigh Bicycle Company Crotalus atrox, the western diamondback rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake Diamondback water snake, a common species of water snake in… …   Wikipedia

  • diamondback — [dīm əndbak΄, dī ə məndbak΄] adj. having diamond shaped markings on the back n. ☆ 1. a large, poisonous rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) with diamond shaped markings on its back, native to the S U.S.: see RATTLESNAKE ☆ 2. an edible turtle… …   English World dictionary

  • terrapin — /ter euh pin/, n. 1. any of several edible North American turtles of the family Emydidae, inhabiting fresh or brackish waters, esp. the diamondback terrapin: some are threatened or endangered. 2. any of various similar turtles. [1605 15; earlier… …   Universalium

  • Terrapin (disambiguation) — A terrapin is a chelonian living in fresh or brackish water. The name strictly belongs to the diamondback terrapin Malaclemys terrapin , but in British English the name is widely applied to other freshwater turtles such as red eared sliders,… …   Wikipedia

  • Terrapin — A terrapin is a turtle that lives in fresh or brackish water.David Alderton (1986). An Interpet Guide to Reptiles Amphibians , p. 63. Salamander Books Ltd., London New York.] TaxonomyAlthough sometimes superficially similar to sea turtles in… …   Wikipedia

  • diamondback — noun 1》 a large, common North American rattlesnake with diamond shaped markings. [Genus Crotalus: two species.] 2》 (also diamondback terrapin) see terrapin (in sense 1) …   English new terms dictionary

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