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tortoiseshell 

Material used in the manufacture of spectacle frames. It is obtained from the shell plates of the hawksbill turtle. See plastic spectacle frame; spectacles.
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann
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Members of the audience with greater feline expertise quickly straightened me out by informing me that tortoise-shell cats are almost invariably female.
Teddy has tortoise-shell markings and loves to play and cuddle with both kittens and people.
Gabrielle, the dark tortoise-shell queen featured last week, has now been offered a home.
She first knew something was not quite right when her eight-year-old tortoise-shell cat Ziggy came scurrying towards the house.
The style, also available in matchstick, grass and tortoise-shell, is interwoven with fabric and has an optional privacy liner.
The tortoise-shell kitten was struggling to survive on the streets and had narrowly escaped being drowned.
How the five-year-old tortoise-shell cat ended up in the back of a van with the bed remains a mystery.
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Some of the designs include trendy tortoise-shell handles with two decorative bolsters and blades of 18/10 stainless steel.
The tortoise-shell tabby survived after falling 200 feet from the High Coats Flats in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.
Mesa international is presenting its Tortoise glassware, featuring tortoise-shell colored chips melted into amber glass.
She saw the tortoise-shell kitten in the streets of Naklua then spent the remainder of her three-week break looking after the kitten and paying for veterinary fees.