from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of tortoises, giving name to the Emydidæ.
  • noun The name has been variously employed: For fresh-water tortoises in general of the family Clemmyidæ, such as E. lutaria of Europe, now generally called Clemmys caspica, and numerous American species.
  • noun Restricted to certain box-tortoises belonging to the family now called Cistudinidæ, such as the box-tortoise of Europe, Emys europæa, which is the emys of Aristotle and the ancients, and the Emys blandingi of North America.


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