Meaning of alligator snapping turtle

al'ligator snap'ping tur'tle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a large American snapping turtle, Macroclemys temmincki, having three prominent ridges on its shell and a wormlike process on the floor of the mouth used to attract prey. Also called
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