Definition of terrapin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈterəpɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈterəpɪn//
Pets, Amphibians and reptiles
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a small turtle (= a reptile with a hard round shell), that lives in warm rivers and lakes in N America compare tortoise See related entries: Pets, Amphibians and reptiles Word Originearly 17th cent. (denoting the diamondback terrapin): of Algonquian origin.
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