A genus of fresh-water or river turtles which have the shell imperfectly developed and covered with a soft leathery skin. They are noted for their agility and rapacity. Called also soft tortoise
, soft-shell tortoise
, and mud turtle
. [1913 Webster
" The common American species (Trionyx ferox syn. Aspidonectus ferox) becomes over a foot in length and is very voracious. Similar species are found in Asia and Africa."