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.
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- 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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And a big snapping turtle that stretched out its neck to bite a stick, and — whuck! — off fell its head.