a. & n. from Snap, v.
Snapping beetle. Zool. See Snap beetle, under Snap. -- Snapping turtle. Zool. (a) A large and voracious aquatic turtle (Chelydra serpentina) common in the fresh waters of the United States; -- so called from its habit of seizing its prey by a snap of its jaws. Called also mud turtle. (b) See Alligator snapper, under Alligator.
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