from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several North American land turtles of the genus Terrapene having a hinged plastron that pulls up against the carapace, allowing the animal to become completely encased within its shell. Also called box tortoise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A turtle of the genus Terrapene (the North American box turtles), or of Cuora or Pyxidea (the Asian box turtles), characterised by having a domed shell that is hinged at the bottom, allowing the animal to close its shell tightly to escape predators.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name in the United States of the box-tortoise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly
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