noun. any of various edible North American web-footed turtles living in fresh or brackish water.
- family Emydidae
- diamondback terrapin
Example sentences of the word terrapin
1. Noun, singular or mass
Sometimes people use the term terrapin to mean either turtle or tortoise, but the terrapin is actually a turtle that lives in brackish water instead of fresh water or the ocean.
These commercial foods should be given to the terrapin daily but not replace his diet completely.