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Meaning of box turtle

box' tur"tle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of several chiefly terrestrial turtles of the genus Terrapene, of North America, having a hinged plastron that can be tightly shut to enclose and protect the body. Also calledSee illus. under
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