the mottled horny substance of the shell of some turtles
brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles
a cat having black and cream-colored and yellowish markings
- The Chinese lute is played with nails made of tortoise shells worn on the five fingers while the Japanese lute is played with a plectrum.
- Tastefully appointed with hand-beveled tortoise pickguard, nickel-plated open-geared machines equipped with unique butterbean knobs.