(Science: zoology) The turtledove.
Origin: AS. Turtle, L. Turtur; probably of imitative origin. Cf. Turtle the sea tortoise.
2. The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press. Alligator turtle, box turtle, etc. See Alligator, Box, etc. Green turtle, a large, handsome cowrie (Cypraea testudinaria); the turtle-shell; so called because of its fancied resemblance to a tortoise in colour and form.
Origin: 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.