One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A domestic cat with markings resembling tortoiseshell.
- ‘My black cat lay asleep on my chest with her head on my shoulder, and my tortoiseshell cat lay over my legs.’
- ‘Copper is a 13 year-old female tortoiseshell cat who until today lived with a work colleague.’
- ‘A new addition was a lovely little tortoiseshell cat, so tiny and adorable.’
- ‘Rosie, a three-year-old long-haired tortoiseshell cat, lives with her owner in Gainsborough Close.’
- ‘The white and tortoiseshell cat is very affectionate, but repeatedly ignored because of her age.’
- ‘A rather affronted looking tortoiseshell cat sat bathing her tail on the front porch.’
- ‘A large tortoiseshell cat with the air of Tina Turner prowls the periphery.’
- ‘He lives with his wife Clare, stepdaughter Stephanie, 16, and a 16-year-old tortoiseshell cat called Jessie.’
- ‘Station staff were so determined to rescue the tortoiseshell cat they even stopped a train in a last-ditch attempt.’
- ‘Workers at Ferrow Monk Systems were surprised when they discovered an adult female tortoiseshell cat wandering in an isolated lorry yard just off the A1, near Sherburn-in-Elmet.’
- ‘Plump, gray tortoiseshell cat patrolling the area in front of De La Costa.’
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