terrapin

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English[edit]

European pond terrapin, Emys orbicularis
Red-eared terrapins, Trachemys scripta elegans

Etymology[edit]

From an Algonquian word torope ("little turtle"); compare Abenaki tolba (turtle).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈtɛɹəpɪn/
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Noun[edit]

terrapin (plural terrapins)

  1. Any of several small turtles, of the families Emydidae and Geoemydidae, that live in fresh or brackish water.

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