• IPA: /ˈtɔː(ɹ)tə.ˌʃɛl/
  • IPA: /ˈtɔː(ɹ)təs.ˌʃɛl/

tortoiseshell (uncountable)

  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 (or a rabbit, guinea-pig, etc.) whose fur has black, brown and yellow markings.
  4. Any of several butterflies, mostly of the genera Nymphalis and Aglais that have similar markings.
Synonyms Translations Adjective

tortoiseshell (not comparable)

  1. Made of the covering of carapace of hawksbill turtle.
  2. Having markings resembling covering of carapace of hawksbill turtle.

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