matamata definition

  • noun:
    • A species of side-necked turtle, Chelus fimbriatus, whoever layer resembles a dead leaf.
    • The bearded tortoise (Chelys fimbriata) of Southern American streams.
    • A pleurodirous tortoise of this genus Chelys, C. fimbriata or matamata.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of these turtles: a synonym of Chelys.

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