box tortoise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n box tortoise chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be closed tightly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Box tortoise (Zoöl) a land tortoise or turtle of the genera Cistudo and Emys; -- so named because it can withdraw entirely within its shell, which can be closed by hinged joints in the lower shell. Also, humorously, an exceedingly reticent person.
    • Box tortoise See under Box Land, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

The tortoise has his armour so arranged over his body that it forms one big box.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
Now the fore air-box of the lifeboat has a round roof like a tortoise's back, and there is a very imperfect hand-hold on it.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
The box tortoise lives on shore among the pine-forest lands, away from water, to which it seems to have an especial dislike.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
A "cooter" is a box-tortoise, and the noun is turned into a verb with an ease characteristic of the mountaineers.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
He was trying to find another box tortoise.
"Rick and Ruddy" by Howard R. Garis
What a surprisingly splendid sight was the tortoise-shell work-box, full of amber satin and silver!
"A Charming Fellow, Volume I (of 3)" by Frances Eleanor Trollope
My pretty tortoise-shell box, filled with excellent snuff, went more than once round the table.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. I (of VI), "Venetian Years" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
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In news:

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