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’

Origin

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.