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 for Terrapin
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Terrapin \Ter"ra*pin\, n. [Probably of American Indian origin.]
     Any one of numerous species of tortoises living in fresh and
     brackish waters. Many of them are valued for food. [Written
     also terapin, terrapen, terrapene, turpen, and
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The yellow-bellied terrapin ({Pseudemys scabra) of the
           Southern United States, the red-bellied terrapin
           ({Pseudemys rugosa or Chrysemys rubriventris),
           native of the tributaries Chesapeake Bay (called also
           potter, slider, and redfender), and the
           diamond-back or salt-marsh terrapin ({Malaclemmys
           palustris), are the most important American species.
           The diamond-back terrapin is native of nearly the whole
           of the Atlantic coast of the United States.
           [1913 Webster]
     Alligator terrapin, the snapping turtle.
     Mud terrapin, any one of numerous species of American
        tortoises of the genus Cinosternon.
     Painted terrapin, the painted turtle. See under Painted.
     Speckled terrapin, a small fresh-water American terrapin
        ({Chelopus guttatus) having the carapace black with round
        yellow spots; -- called also spotted turtle.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any of various edible North American web-footed turtles
           living in fresh or brackish water

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