Definition of Turtle Island in English:

Turtle Island

proper noun

  • A name for North America (used especially among North American Indians)

    ‘our Turtle Island as we know it has been our homeland for millennia’


Late 19th century (originally with reference to a land from which the ancestors of some North American Indian peoples migrated in folklore): apparently by association of the continent with the primordial giant turtle on whose back the world was created in Northern Iroquoian and Delaware tradition.