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Definition of "terrapin" [ter•ra•pin]

  • Any of various North American aquatic turtles of the family Emydiolae, especially the genus Malaclemys, which includes the diamondback terrapin. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "terrapin" in a sentence
  • "In 1880, a Washington Post reporter called terrapin vital to any dinner party "laying claim to being a pretentious affair.""
  • "Oh dear dog, the idea of terrapin poo on KY's elegant 'do ...."
  • "Soon Jon-Tom and the terrapin were the only ones still playing."