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- adj. Attributive form of tortoise shell, noun.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the substance of the shell or horny plates of several species of sea turtles, especially of the hawkbill turtle. It is used in inlaying and in the manufacture of various ornamental articles.
- adj. Having a color like that of a tortoise's shell, black with white and orange spots; -- used mostly to describe cats of that color.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The outer shell, or one of the scutes or scales, of certain sea-turtles or marine chelonians, especially of Eretmochelys imbricata, the hawk's-bill turtle, or caret, a species which inhabits tropical seas.
- n. A tortoise-shell cat. See II., 2.
- n. With a qualifying word, one of certain nymphalid butterflies: so called from the tortoise-shell-like maculation. Aglais milberti is the nettle tortoise-shell, and Vanessa urticæ is the small tortoise-shell.
- Made of tortoise-shell.
- Mottled with black and yellow: as, a tortoise-shell cat or butterfly.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles
- n. the mottled horny substance of the shell of some turtles
- n. a cat having black and cream-colored and yellowish markings
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