from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large marine turtle (Chelonia mydas) having greenish flesh that is prized as food, especially in turtle soup.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The green sea turtle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an edible marine turtle. See Turtle.
  • n. a marine turtle of the genus Chelonia, having usually a smooth greenish or olive-colored shell. It is highly valued for the delicacy of its flesh, which is used especially for turtle soup. Two distinct species or varieties are known; one of which (Chelonia Midas) inhabits the warm part of the Atlantic Ocean, and sometimes weighs eight hundred pounds or more; the other (Chelonia virgata) inhabits the Pacific Ocean. Both species are similar in habits and feed principally on seaweed and other marine plants, especially the turtle grass.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large tropical turtle with greenish flesh used for turtle soup


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