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Definition of tortoiseshell noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈtɔrt̮əsˌʃɛl//
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  1. 1[uncountable] the hard shell of a turtle, especially the type with orange and brown marks, used for making combs and small decorative objects
  2. 2[countable] = calico cat
  3. 3[countable] a butterfly with orange and brown marks on its wings
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tortoiseshell