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


Alteration of torope, from Virginia Algonquian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From an Algonquian word torope ("little turtle"); compare Abenaki tolba ("turtle"). (Wiktionary)



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