Definition of Tortoiseshell

1. Noun. The mottled horny substance of the shell of some turtles.

Generic synonyms: Horn

2. Noun. Brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles.

3. Noun. A cat having black and cream-colored and yellowish markings.

Definition of Tortoiseshell

1. Noun. the horny, translucent, mottled covering of the carapace of the hawksbill turtle; used as a veneer etc ¹

2. Noun. the hawksbill turtle ¹

3. Noun. a domestic cat whose fur has black, brown and yellow markings ¹

4. Noun. any of several butterflies, mostly of the genus ''Mymphalis'' that have similar markings ¹

5. Adjective. made of the covering of carapace of hawksbill turtle ¹

6. Adjective. having markings resembling covering of carapace of hawksbill turtle ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tortoiseshell

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Tortoiseshell

tortion
tortious
tortious interference
tortiously
tortipelvic
tortipelvis
tortive
tortness
tortoise-shell
tortoise plant
tortoise shell
tortoise shells
tortoiselike
tortoises
tortoiseshell-cat
tortoiseshell cat
tortoiseshell cats
tortoiseshell turtle
tortoiseshells
tortoni
tortonis
tortrices
tortricid
tortricid moth
tortricids
tortrix
tortrixes

Literary usage of Tortoiseshell

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1. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society by Cambridge Philosophical Society (1906)
"On the Inheritance of tortoiseshell and Related Colours in Cats. ... It is well known that tortoiseshell cats are almost always females, and it is commonly ..."

2. The Commercial Products of the Sea: Or, Marine Contributions to Food by Peter Lund Simmonds (1879)
"Marine tortoiseshell—Commercial classification—Land tortoises—Employment of tortoiseshell—Mode of working it—Various applications of tortoiseshell ..."

3. Turning and Mechanical Manipulation: Intended as a Work of General Reference by Charles Holtzapffel (1846)
"In Europe it is chiefly coloured of a rich red-brown, to imitate tortoiseshell, for combs and inlaid-work. The usual mode of effecting this is to mix ..."

4. Rabbits, Cats and Cavies: Descriptive Sketches of All Recognised Exhibition by Charles Henry Lane (1903)
"I suppose an ideal specimen should have a considerable preponderance of tortoiseshell to a limited amount of white in its markings, but although the patches ..."

5. Rabbits, Cats and Cavies: Descriptive Sketches of All Recognised Exhibition by Charles Henry Lane (1903)
"I suppose an ideal specimen should have a considerable preponderance of tortoiseshell to a limited amount of white in its markings, but although the patches ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"(HFG) tortoiseshell The tortoiseshell of commerce consists of the epidermic plates covering the bony carapace of the hawksbill turtle, ..."

7. Workshop Receipts, for Manufacturers and Scientific Amateurs by Ernest Spon, Robert Haldane, Charles George Warnford Lock (1909)
"In working tortoiseshell the processes somewhat resemble those adopted with horn. ... tortoiseshell is moulded for boxes or hollow goods by being cut to a ..."

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