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A small tortoiseshell butterfly, Nymphalis urticae.

EtymologyEdit

tortoise +‎ shell.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈtɔː(ɹ)təs.ˌʃɛl/

NounEdit

tortoiseshell ‎(usually uncountable, 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 Nymphalis that have similar markings.

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AdjectiveEdit

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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