Origin: AS. Turtle, L. Turtur; probably of imitative origin. Cf. Turtle the sea tortoise.
2. The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press. Alligator turtle, Box turtle, etc. See Alligator, Box, etc. Green turtle, a large, handsome cowrie (Cypraea testudinaria); the turtle-shell; so called because of its fancied resemblance to a tortoise in colour and form.
Origin: Probably the same word as the word preceding, and substituted (probably by sailors) for the Spanish or Portuguese name; cf. Sp. Tortuga tortoise, turtle, Pg. Tartaruga, also F. Tortue, and E. Tortoise.
(01 Mar 1998)
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