from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The mottled, horny, translucent, brownish covering of the carapace of certain tortoises or turtles, especially the hawksbill, used to make combs, jewelry, and other articles.
- n. A synthetic imitation of natural tortoiseshell.
- n. See hawksbill.
- n. A domestic cat having fur with brown, black, and yellowish markings.
- n. Any of several butterflies, chiefly of the genus Nymphalis, having wings with orange, black, and brown markings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The horny, translucent, mottled covering of the carapace of the hawksbill turtle, used as a veneer etc.
- n. The hawksbill turtle.
- n. A domestic cat whose fur has black, brown and yellow markings.
- n. Any of several butterflies, mostly of the genus Mymphalis that have similar markings.
- adj. made of the covering of carapace of hawksbill turtle
- adj. having markings resembling covering of carapace of hawksbill turtle
My tortoiseshell is plopped on my lap now purring and nosing my left (as I type) as if to say, “ear rub! now!”
Round-frame Gandhi-style sunglasses in tortoiseshell completed the look and I wore the same outfit for a peaceful hike up Ranthambore Fort later on, which offers breathtaking views of the Park from the top.
After a struggle I was able to divine that the tortoiseshell was a female and the black and white a male.
Being a _mulatita_ she was dark or dusky skinned, with a reddish tinge in the duskiness, purple-red lips, and liquid black eyes with orange-brown reflections in them -- the eyes called tortoiseshell in America.
It is varied in colour, — white, fawn, and black, and a mixture of the three colours, forming a tortoiseshell, which is the more generally admired hue.
The freaky-gorgeous one has what is called a tortoiseshell coat.
Calicos are more likely to have white patches, except that there are some freaky in-between cats, such as tortoiseshell-and-white.
a material used in jewelry to simulate natural materials such as tortoiseshell, ivory and mother-of-pearl but most commonly used as photographic film.
Once I was a hip young cat with a pair of tortoiseshell Wayfarers stuck in my t-shirt and Marlboro's twisted up in the sleeve.
An animal control officer picked up a female tortoiseshell domestic shorthair and took her to an animal hospital.