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- n. A species of side-necked turtle, Chelus fimbriatus, whose shell resembles a dead leaf.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The bearded tortoise (Chelys fimbriata) of South American rivers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pleurodirous tortoise of the genus Chelys, C. fimbriata or matamata.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of such turtles: a synonym of Chelys.
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The strange creature we had found was a matamata (_Chelys matamata_).
A framework of saplings tied together with strips of _matamata_ bark was raised for a roof, and across this were laid gigantic leaves of the _murumuru_, twenty-five to thirty feet long.
Grotesque, and unlike what we fancy a reality, -- such as those creatures which the wild imagination of the painters of bygone days delighted in producing, -- is the curious matamata (Chelys matamata), found along the banks of the Amazon, as well as in Guiana.
In the curious matamata, the jaws of which open very wide, these parts, instead of being armed by a strong beak, are protected by a sheath of horn.
"True will find many more formidable antagonists than the matamata in these regions, and he must be taught to restrain his ardour, or he may some day, I fear, ` catch a Tartar. '"
We carried the matamata to the camp, and on landing it drew it up with sipos, with its neck stretched out.
They found 95 boa constrictors, two rhinoceros vipers and a matamata turtle inside the bag.
The department said its enforcement officers found 95 boa constrictors, two rhinoceros vipers and a matamata turtle inside the luggage.
(Galibi) reptiles: arrau (Maipure), jacare (Tupí), matamata (Tupí) insects: chigoe (Cariban), sauba (Tupi), pinacate (Nahuatl) beverages: cassiri (Carib), guarana (Tupí), sotol (Nahuatl)