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Cassia Chamaecrista
Cassia fasciculata
Cassia fistula
Cassia grandis
Cassia Javanica
Cassia javonica
Cassia lignea
Cassia marginata
Cassia marilandica
Cassia occidentalis
Cassia oil
Cassia roxburghii
Cassia tora
cassia-bark tree
Cassican
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Cassida aurichalcea definitions

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Tortoise Tor"toise, n. [OE. tortuce, fr. OF. tortis crooked, fr. L. tortus isted, crooked, contorted, p. p. of torquere, tortum, to wind; cf. F. tortue tortoise, LL. tortuca, tartuca, Pr. tortesa crookedness, tortis crooked. so called in allusion to its crooked feet. See Torture.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the order Testudinata. Note: The term is applied especially to the land and fresh-water species, while the marine species are generally called turtles, but the terms tortoise and turtle are used synonymously by many writers. see Testudinata, Terrapin, and Turtle. 2. (Rom. Antiq.) Same as Testudo, 2. Box tortoise, Land tortoise, etc. See under Box, Land, etc. Painted tortoise. (Zo["o]l.) See Painted turtle, under Painted. Soft-shell tortoise. (Zo["o]l.) See Trionyx. Spotted tortoise. (Zo["o]l.) A small American fresh-water tortoise (Chelopus, or Nanemys, quttatus) having a blackish carapace on which are scattered round yellow spots. Tortoise beetle (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of small tortoise-shaped beetles. Many of them have a brilliant metallic luster. the larv[ae] feed upon the leaves of various plants, and protect themselves beneath a mass of dried excrement held over the back by means of the caudal spines. The golden tortoise beetle (Cassida aurichalcea) is found on the morning-glory vine and allied plants. Tortoise plant. (Bot.) See Elephant's foot, under Elephant. Tortoise shell, the substance of the shell or horny plates of several species of sea turtles, especially of the hawkbill turtle. It is used in inlaying and in the manufacture of various ornamental articles. Tortoise-shell butterfly (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of handsomely colored butterflies of the genus Aglais, as A. Milberti, and A. urtic[ae], both of which, in the larva state, feed upon nettles. Tortoise-shell turtle (Zo["o]l.), the hawkbill turtle. See Hawkbill.



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