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tortoiseshell

Noun

1 the mottled horny substance of the shell of some turtles
2 brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles [syn: tortoiseshell butterfly]
3 a cat having black and cream and yellowish markings [syn: tortoiseshell-cat, calico cat]

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Noun

tortoiseshell
  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 Mymphalis that have similar markings

Adjective

tortoiseshell
  1. made of this material
  2. having such markings

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