turtle

turtle
Turtle the dove [OE] and turtle the marine reptile [17] are different words. The former was borrowed from Latin turtur, which no doubt originated in imitation of the bird’s cooing. It is now encountered only in the compound turtledove, first recorded in the 13th century. Turtle the reptile is more of a mystery. It is generally assumed to be an alteration of French tortue ‘tortoise’ (source of English tortoise [15]), but since it is not known where that came from, it does not get us much further. The expression turn turtle (which dates from the 19th century) alludes to the practice of sailors turning turtles over on to their backs, like beetles, so that they were helpless and could be easily captured. => TORTOISE

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  • Turtle — Tur tle, n. [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.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo[ o]l.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • turtle — [tʉrt′ l] n. pl. turtles or turtle [altered, prob. infl. by TURTLE(DOVE) < Fr tortue, tortoise < VL * tartaruca: see TORTOISE] 1. any of a large and widely distributed order (Testudines) of terrestrial or aquatic reptiles having a toothless …   English World dictionary

  • turtle — the dove [OE] and turtle the marine reptile [17] are different words. The former was borrowed from Latin turtur, which no doubt originated in imitation of the bird’s cooing. It is now encountered only in the compound turtledove, first recorded in …   Word origins

  • Turtle — Tur tle, n. [AS. turtle, L. turtur; probably of imitative origin. Cf. {Turtle} the sea tortoise.] (Zo[ o]l.) The turtledove. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Turtle [1] — Turtle (engl., spr. Tort l), 1) Turteltaube; 2) Schildkröte, bes. die Riesen , gemeine u. griechische Schildkröte …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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  • Turtle — (engl., spr. törtl), Schildkröte; Turteltaube …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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