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giant tortoise

n
(Animals) any of various very large tortoises of the genus Testudo, of the Galápagos, Seychelles, and certain other islands, weighing up to 225 kilograms (495 lbs.)

gi′ant tor′toise


n.
any of several large tortoises of the genus Geochelone, of the Galápagos Islands and islands near Madagascar.
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Noun1.giant tortoise - very large tortoises of the Galapagos and Seychelles islandsgiant tortoise - very large tortoises of the Galapagos and Seychelles islands
tortoise - usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica
genus Testudo, Testudo - type genus of the Testudinidae
genus Geochelone, Geochelone - giant tortoises
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