chelonian


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che·lo·ni·an

 (kĭ-lō′nē-ən)
n.
A reptile of the order Chelonia; a turtle or tortoise.

[From New Latin Chelōnia, order name, from Greek khelōnē, tortoise.]

che·lo′ni·an adj.

chelonian

(kɪˈləʊnɪən)
n
(Animals) any reptile of the order Chelonia, including the tortoises and turtles, in which most of the body is enclosed in a protective bony capsule
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of the Chelonia
[C19: from New Latin Chelōnia, from Greek khelōnē tortoise]

che·lo·ni·an

(kĭ-lō′nē-ən)
A turtle or tortoise.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chelonian - a reptile of the order Chelonia
anapsid, anapsid reptile - primitive reptile having no opening in the temporal region of the skull; all extinct except turtles
turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
Adj.1.chelonian - of or relating to or resembling or being a turtle or tortoise
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