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

  • n. Any of several large freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae of North, Central, and northern South America, having a rough shell and powerful hooked jaws that close with a snap, especially the common North American species Chelydra serpentina and the alligator snapping turtle of the south-central United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several large American freshwater turtles of the family Chelydridae; they have powerful hooked jaws that close with a snap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See Alligator snapper, under Alligator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The alligator-terrapin or alligator-tortoise, Chelydra serpentina, a large and ferocious turtle of the United States: so called from the way it snaps its jaws to bite; a snapper.

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

  • n. large aggressive freshwater turtle with powerful jaws

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