from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A land-tortoise; especially, in the United States, the common box-turtle, Cistudo carolina. See cut under Cistudo.
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The land-turtle, or terrapin, is much better known at Nice, as being a native of this country; yet the best are brought from the island of Sardinia.
LYMAN C. -- Your land-turtle will eat pieces of pear or sweet apple, bread, cake, and many other things.
He is as lazy as a land-turtle, and too obstinate for any good-tempered man's patience.
'Tis only the reptile world -- snakes, lizards, the toad, and the land-turtle (_terrapin_) -- that fall victims to such a flame.
"Lot one," said he cheerfully, and produced from his net some limes, two cocoanuts, and a land-turtle; from this last esculent Miss Rolleston withdrew with undisguised horror, and it was in vain he assured her it was a great delicacy.