From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trionyx \Tri*on"yx\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? (see Tri-) + ? a
   claw.] (Zool.)
   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.
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   Note: 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.
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