tortoiseshell

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tor·toise·shell / ˈtôrtə(s)ˌshel/ • n. 1. the semitransparent mottled yellow and brown shell of certain turtles, typically used to make jewelry or ornaments. ∎  a synthetic substance made in imitation of this. 2. short for tortoiseshell cat. 3. short for tortoiseshell butterfly.

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