from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various North American aquatic turtles of the family Emydiolae, especially the genus Malaclemys, which includes the diamondback terrapin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several North American turtles, of the family Emydidae, that live in fresh or brackish water.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of tortoises living in fresh and brackish waters. Many of them are valued for food.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several different freshwater or tide-water tortoises of the family Emydidæ; specifically, in the United States, the diamond-back, Malaclemmys or Malacoclemmys palustris, of the Atlantic coast from New York to Texas, famous among epicures. See diamond-backed turtle (under diamond-backed), and Malaclemmys.
- n. Some other tortoise or turtle: as, the elephant terrapin of the Galapagos.
- n. A dish made of the diamond-back.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various edible North American web-footed turtles living in fresh or brackish water
In 1880, a Washington Post reporter called terrapin vital to any dinner party "laying claim to being a pretentious affair."
Oh dear dog, the idea of terrapin poo on KY's elegant 'do ....
Soon Jon-Tom and the terrapin were the only ones still playing.
"Some persons," wrote the Dutch traveller, Van der Donck, in 1656, "prepare delicious dishes from the water terrapin, which is luscious food."
The terrapin is a small turtle, found on the shores of Maryland and
A small tortoise, called a terrapin,  is taken in some rivers, creeks, and swampy grounds, and is used as an article of food.
In addition to the clean-cars standards, the Legislature approved a bill outlawing the trapping of the diamondback terrapin, which is the state reptile and official mascot of the University of Maryland.
I believe the little tortoise is call a terrapin or 'pik' in Hokkien.
Later spelled "terrapin," it meant the diamond-back, the esoteric little creature that spread the fame of the
* A local name for a kind of terrapin common in that section.