• WordNet 3.6
    • n tortoiseshell a cat having black and cream-colored and yellowish markings
    • n tortoiseshell brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles
    • n tortoiseshell the mottled horny substance of the shell of some turtles
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In literature:

Afterwards she led him to the small tortoiseshell cabinet and would have him open it.
"Lady Into Fox" by David Garnett
The Chinese possess marvellous skill in carving ivory, tortoiseshell, and wood.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
Between them a tortoiseshell cat purred on the red-tiled floor.
"Tales of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
I have only a tortoiseshell and a brimstone.
"Laugh and Play" by Various
The tortoiseshell-rimmed spectacles sprayed it all over her like a couple of searchlights.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
He had sawed her a comb from the tortoiseshell, bent hairpins of the copper wire, and made her a comfortable couch.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
A small horn and tortoiseshell snuff-box from Palermo.
"The Samuel Butler Collection at Saint John's College Cambridge" by Henry Festing Jones
Do you see that tortoiseshell butterfly hovering near the nettles?
"Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children" by W. Houghton
On either side were other ornaments of tortoiseshell and mother-of-pearl, with feathers in the upper part.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
Lady MacDonald is positively glaring through her tortoiseshell glasses.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
R. (W.) on tortoiseshell tom cats, 465.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
It is impossible to fix the exact time when copper and tortoiseshell came into use in France.
"Intarsia and Marquetry" by F. Hamilton Jackson
In two hours Nakeesa has filled the tortoiseshell and returns to her man.
"Tales of South Africa" by H.A. Bryden
"British Butterfiles" by W. S. Coleman
I have talked with the goldsmith about going to Solo to learn to work in tortoiseshell there.
"Letters of a Javanese Princess" by Raden Adjeng Kartini
In her hair were pins of gold and tortoiseshell and coral.
"Japanese Fairy Tales" by Grace James
A tortoiseshell of dissipated aspect, and a couple of orange tips stood displayed.
"Dorrien of Cranston" by Bertram Mitford
The sight of its green seams and unveracious tortoiseshell handle disgusted Kitty into speech.
"The Return of the Soldier" by Rebecca West
Next time that pussy was in the same way, her mistress had an old tortoiseshell comb nailed up above its bed.
"The Domestic Cat" by Gordon Stables
He had long hair, done up on his head like a woman's and held in place by a tortoiseshell comb.
"The Enemies of Women" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

In news:

EAST PROVIDENCE — Aria is a dilute tortoiseshell, domestic shorthair hair feline available for adoption at East Providence Animal Control Center .
Adopt Melinda, a 1-year-old kitty with tortoiseshell markings.
The tortoiseshell combs were on the scratched and battered table of the walk-up apartment, the platinum watch chain encircling them like a protective wall.
At 9 am on Saturday, March 11, Spike Lee sat behind a desk piled high with the daily papers in a Regency Hotel suite, dressed in a black blazer embossed with a white Yankees emblem, black pants and round thick-rimmed tortoiseshell glasses.
Talking cat fans will welcome Murphy's exciting 18th mystery featuring feline Joe Grey (after 2011's Cat Telling Tales), in which Joe's tortoiseshell friend, Kit, plays a lead role.
EAST PROVIDENCE — Aria is a dilute tortoiseshell, domestic shorthair hair feline available for adoption at East Providence Animal Control Center.
Frames come in colors from tortoiseshell to fuchsia.