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Definition: box tortoise
n : chiefly terrestrial turtle of North America; shell can be
closed tightly [syn: box turtle
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Definition: Box tortoise
, n. [OE. tortuce, fr. OF. tortis crooked,
fr. L. tortus twisted, crooked, contorted, p. p. of torquere,
tortum, to wind; cf. F. tortue tortoise, LL. tortuca,
tartuca, Pr. tortesa crookedness, tortis crooked. so called
in allusion to its crooked feet. See Torture
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the
Note: The term is applied especially to the land and
fresh-water species, while the marine species are
generally called turtles, but the terms tortoise and
turtle are used synonymously by many writers. See
, and Turtle
2. (Rom. Antiq.) Same as Testudo
, Land tortoise
, etc. See under Box
. (Zo["o]l.) See Painted turtle
. (Zo["o]l.) See Trionyx
. (Zo["o]l.) A small American fresh-water
tortoise (Chelopus guttatus
or Nanemys guttatus
having a blackish carapace on which are scattered round
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
small tortoise-shaped beetles. Many of them have a
brilliant metallic luster. The larv[ae] feed upon the
leaves of various plants, and protect themselves beneath a
mass of dried excrement held over the back by means of the
caudal spines. The golden tortoise beetle (Cassida aurichalcea
) is found on the morning-glory vine and
. (Bot.) See Elephant's foot
, the substance of the shell or horny plates
of several species of sea turtles, especially of the
hawkbill turtle. It is used in inlaying and in the
manufacture of various ornamental articles.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several
species of handsomely colored butterflies of the genus
, as Aglais Milberti
, and Aglais urtic[ae]
both of which, in the larva state, feed upon nettles.
(Zo["o]l.), the hawkbill turtle. See
, n.; pl. Boxes
[As. box a small case or vessel with
a cover; akin to OHG. buhsa box, G. b["u]chse; fr. L. buxus
boxwood, anything made of boxwood. See Pyx
, and cf. Box
1. A receptacle or case of any firm material and of various
2. The quantity that a box contain.
3. A space with a few seats partitioned off in a theater, or
other place of public amusement.
Laughed at by the pit, box, galleries, nay, stage.
The boxes and the pit are sovereign judges.
4. A chest or any receptacle for the deposit of money; as, a
poor box; a contribution box.
Yet since his neighbors give, the churl unlocks,
Damning the poor, his tripple-bolted box. --J.
5. A small country house. “A shooting box.”
Tight boxes neatly sashed. --Cowper.
6. A boxlike shed for shelter; as, a sentry box.
(a) An axle box, journal box, journal bearing, or bushing.
(b) A chamber or section of tube in which a valve works;
the bucket of a lifting pump.
8. The driver's seat on a carriage or coach.
9. A present in a box; a present; esp. a Christmas box or
gift. “A Christmas box.”
10. (Baseball) The square in which the pitcher stands.
11. (Zo["o]l.) A Mediterranean food fish; the bogue.
Note: Box is much used adjectively or in composition; as box
lid, box maker, box circle, etc.; also with modifying
substantives; as money box, letter box, bandbox, hatbox
or hat box, snuff box or snuffbox.
(Arch.), a beam made of metal plates so as to have
the form of a long box.
(Railroads), a freight car covered with a roof and
inclosed on the sides to protect its contents.
, a ship's chronometer, mounted in gimbals,
to preserve its proper position.
, a thick overcoat for driving; sometimes with a
heavy cape to carry off the rain.
, a metal collar uniting the ends of shafts or
other parts in machinery.
(Zo["o]l.), a crab of the genus Calappa
when at rest with the legs retracted, resembles a box.
(Arch.), a drain constructed with upright sides,
and with flat top and bottom.
(Arch.), a box beam.
(Metal Working), a closed groove between two
rolls, formed by a collar on one roll fitting between
collars on another. --R. W. Raymond.
, an alloy of copper and tin, or of zinc, lead,
and antimony, for the bearings of journals, etc.
, a plait that doubles both to the right and the
(Zo["o]l.), a land tortoise or turtle of the
; -- so named because it can
withdraw entirely within its shell, which can be closed by
hinged joints in the lower shell. Also, humorously, an
exceedingly reticent person. --Emerson.
In a box
, in a perplexity or an embarrassing position; in
In the wrong box
, out of one's place; out of one's element;
awkwardly situated. (Colloq.) --Ridley (1554)