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

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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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