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English noun: tortoiseshell

1. tortoiseshell (substance) the mottled horny substance of the shell of some turtles

Broader (hypernym)horn

2. tortoiseshell (animal) brilliantly colored; larvae feed on nettles

Synonymstortoiseshell butterfly

Broader (hypernym)brush-footed butterfly, four-footed butterfly, nymphalid, nymphalid butterfly

Member meronymgenus Nymphalis, Nymphalis

3. tortoiseshell (animal) a cat having black and cream-colored and yellowish markings

Synonymscalico cat, tortoiseshell-cat

Broader (hypernym)domestic cat, Felis catus, Felis domesticus, house cat

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