tortoise-shell

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English[edit]

Noun[edit]

tortoise-shell (usually uncountable, plural tortoise-shells)

  1. Alternative form of tortoiseshell

Adjective[edit]

tortoise-shell (not comparable)

  1. Alternative form of tortoiseshell
    • 1891, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray:
      The same nervous staccato laugh broke from her thin lips, and her fingers began to play with a long tortoise-shell paper-knife.