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1. tortoiseshell

noun. brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles.

Synonyms

  • nymphalid butterfly
  • Nymphalis
  • brush-footed butterfly
  • four-footed butterfly
  • tortoiseshell butterfly
  • genus Nymphalis

Etymology

  • shell (English)
  • schelle (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tortoise (English)
  • tortuse (Middle English (1100-1500))

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2. tortoiseshell-cat

noun. a cat having black and cream-colored and yellowish markings.

Synonyms

  • tortoiseshell
  • domestic cat
  • Felis catus
  • house cat
  • calico cat

3. tortoiseshell

noun. a cat having black and cream-colored and yellowish markings.

Synonyms

  • domestic cat
  • Felis catus
  • house cat
  • tortoiseshell-cat
  • calico cat

Etymology

  • shell (English)
  • schelle (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tortoise (English)
  • tortuse (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. tortoiseshell

noun. the mottled horny substance of the shell of some turtles.

Etymology

  • shell (English)
  • schelle (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • tortoise (English)
  • tortuse (Middle English (1100-1500))

Example sentences of the word tortoiseshell


1. Noun, singular or mass
The Cat Fanciers Association explains that a cat with a dominant fur color, either black, red, or tortoiseshell, must have a parent which also has a dominant color.

2. Adjective
There are also tabby and tortoiseshell variants in the coat.

3. Verb, base form
Black or tortoiseshell frames are especially flattering in rectangular glasses.

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