Definition of soft-shelled turtle in English:

soft-shelled turtle

(also soft-shell turtle)


  • A freshwater turtle with a flattened leathery shell, native to Asia, Africa, and North America.

    • ‘Superficially, softshells can be distinguished by their dorsoventral compression, leathery shells, and elongate snout.’
    • ‘Additionally, we question whether it is possible for softshell turtles to reach the Hudson River via the Erie Canal from Oneida Lake in a span of four years.’
    • ‘While hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or eating a picnic lunch, watch for Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, loggerhead shrikes, pileated woodpeckers, Seminole bats, and spotted salamanders.’
    • ‘The Carettochelyidae are most closely related to the Trionychidae (softshell turtles).’
    • ‘Other turtles identified were softshell (Apalone sp.) and snapping turtles (Chelydra sp.).’