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Meaning of tortoise-shell by Wiktionary Dictionary

tortoise-shell


    Adjective

    tortoise-shell

    1. Attributive form of tortoise shell, noun .
      A tortoise-shell ashtray .

    tortoise shell

    By Wiktionary ( 2008/05/25 14:08 UTC Version )

    Noun

    tortoise shell ( plural: tortoise shells )

    1. The shell of a tortoise, sometimes inaccurately the shell of a turtle, or that material .

    tortoiseshell

    By Wiktionary ( 2012/05/07 18:52 UTC Version )

    Noun

    tortoiseshell ( plural: tortoiseshells )

    1. the horny, translucent, mottled covering of the carapace of the hawksbill turtle; used as a veneer etc
    2. the hawksbill turtle
    3. a domestic cat whose fur has black, brown and yellow markings
    4. any of several butterflies, mostly of the genus Mymphalis that have similar markings

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Definition of tortoise-shell by GCIDE Dictionary

tortoise-shell


  1. tortoise-shell, adj. Having a color like that of a tortoise's shell, black with white and orange spots; -- used mostly to describe cats of that color. n. a tortoise-shell cat.