tortoiseshell


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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.
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One of the female tortoiseshell cats, aged about two, was brought in by a young man who said he was just going to fetch its papers, then never returned.
Flutter forward the small tortoiseshell butterfly which took things a bit too far by emerging from hibernation in a sheltered West Kirby garden on January 25.
on a wing Jenny Wilcock, of New Mill, and the Small Tortoiseshell butterfly - also magnified, left - found in the daffodils she bought in Holmfirth
The palette of new colours includes blues, tortoiseshell and warm red to complement the forthcoming autumn/winter fashion shades.
The timid tortoiseshell is believed to have been trapped in the shed at Witton Cemetery for a week.
NAME Tia APPEARANCE Tortoiseshell SPECIAL SKILLS Cats are usually not literal creatures, but pretty little Tia is tortoiseshell in both senses of the word.
Their Jackie O glasses in classic black or tortoiseshell, should create an air of mystery around the sights or on the yacht.
Steven Browitt and Andrew Maloney used a blunt axe to behead Greta, a blind 19-year-old tortoiseshell cat, during a break-in in Wigan, Greater Manchester, last August.
In the new study, tiny radar transponders were attached to peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies.
Tortoiseshell Muffin vanished from the McAllister family's home in Bridge of Don, Aberdeenshire, only to reappear a month later in Glasgow.
This female tortoiseshell and white cat is looking for a new home.
The Streatham model for boys features the ever popular 1970's aviator shape in black, navy and tortoiseshell. The Dalston model for girls looks back to the 1980's with an oversized teardrop shape.