from The Century Dictionary.

  • The name given by Huxley to a group of the Chelonia, having usually horny cutting jaws, uncovered by lips, the tympanum exposed, the limbs slenderer than in Testudinea, with 5-clawed digits united by a web only, and the horny plates of the carapace and plastron well developed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) A group of chelonians which comprises many species of fresh-water tortoises and terrapins.


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