musk turtle
noun Date: 1868 any of various small American freshwater turtles (especially genus Sternotherus) that have musk glands; especially a small dark turtle (S. odoratus) capable of producing a foul odor

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  • Musk turtle — Musk Musk (m[u^]sk), n. [F. musc, L. muscus, Per. musk, fr. Skr. mushka testicle, orig., a little mouse. See {Mouse}, and cd. {Abelmosk}, {Muscadel}, {Muscovy duck}, {Nutmeg}.] 1. A substance of a reddish brown color, and when fresh of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Musk turtle — is the common name given to three genera of aquatic turtles: Sternotherus, the musk turtles proper, Staurotypus, variously called Mexican, three keeled or giant musk turtles, and. Claudius, the narrow bridged musk turtle. This disambiguation page …   Wikipedia

  • musk turtle — ☆ musk turtle n. any of a family (Kinosternidae) of small, aquatic turtles having a heavy, musky scent; esp., any of a genus (Sternotherus) found in E North America …   English World dictionary

  • musk turtle — any of several aquatic turtles of the genus Sternotherus, of North America, which, when disturbed, emit a musky secretion. [1865 70, Amer.; so called from its musky smell] * * * ▪ reptile  (genus Sternotherus), any of four species of small… …   Universalium

  • musk turtle — musk′ tur tle n. ram any of several aquatic turtles of the genus Sternotherus, of North America, having a musky odor • Etymology: 1865–70, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • musk turtle — noun small freshwater turtle having a strong musky odor • Syn: ↑stinkpot • Hypernyms: ↑mud turtle • Member Holonyms: ↑Sternotherus, ↑genus Sternotherus …   Useful english dictionary

  • Narrow-bridged musk turtle — Conservation status Near Threatened (IUCN 2.3)[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Razor-backed musk turtle — Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum …   Wikipedia

  • Mexican musk turtle — Conservation status Near Thr …   Wikipedia

  • Giant Musk Turtle — Taxobox name = Giant Musk Turtle status = LR/nt | status system = IUCN2.3 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Reptilia ordo = Testudines familia = Kinosternidae genus = Staurotypus species = S. salvinii binomial = Staurotypus salvinii… …   Wikipedia

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