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tor·toise

 (tôr′tĭs)
n.
1. Any of various terrestrial turtles, especially one of the family Testudinidae, characteristically having thick clublike hind limbs and a high, rounded carapace.
2. One that moves slowly; a laggard.

[Middle English tortuce, turtle, tortoise, probably partly from Anglo-Norman tortouse (variant of Old French tortue) and partly from Medieval Latin tortūca, both ultimately from Vulgar Latin *tartarūca, feminine of *tartarūcus, of Tartarus; see turtle1.]

tortoise

(ˈtɔːtəs)
n
1. (Animals) any herbivorous terrestrial chelonian reptile of the family Testudinidae, of most warm regions, having a heavy dome-shaped shell and clawed limbs.
2. (Animals) water tortoise another name for terrapin
3. a slow-moving person
4. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) another word for testudo See also giant tortoise
[C15: probably from Old French tortue (influenced by Latin tortus twisted), from Medieval Latin tortūca, from Late Latin tartarūcha coming from Tartarus, from Greek tartaroukhos; referring to the belief that the tortoise originated in the underworld]

tor•toise

(ˈtɔr təs)

n.
1. a turtle, esp. a terrestrial turtle.
2. a very slow person or thing.
[1350–1400; variant of earlier tortuse, tortose, tortuce, Middle English tortuca < Medieval Latin tortūca, for Late Latin tartarūcha (feminine adj.) of Tartarus (< Greek tartaroûcha), the tortoise being regarded as an infernal animal]

tor·toise

(tôr′tĭs)
Any of various turtles that live on land.

tortoise

  • shellpad - Another name for a tortoise.
  • testudinate - Means "slow-moving; like a turtle," from Latin testudo, "tortoise," and also describes something curved or vaulted like a turtle shell.
  • Galapagos Islands - Named for the massive tortoises living there, from Old Spanish galapago, "tortoise."
  • turtle, tortoise, terrapin - Turtle is applied to those living in water and tortoise to those that live on land, while terrapins live in fresh water; turtle and tortoise may come from the Latin root tort, with reference to the animals' twisted feet.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tortoise - usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbstortoise - usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica
turtle - any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
European tortoise, Testudo graeca - small land tortoise of southern Europe
giant tortoise - very large tortoises of the Galapagos and Seychelles islands
gopher tortoise, gopher turtle, Gopherus polypemus, gopher - burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern North America
desert tortoise, Gopherus agassizii - burrowing tortoise of the arid western United States and northern Mexico; may be reclassified as a member of genus Xerobates
Texas tortoise - close relative to the desert tortoise; may be reclassified as a member of genus Xerobates

tortoise

noun
Related words
adjectives chelonian, testudinal
see reptiles
Translations
سُلَحْفَاةسُلْحَفاه
želva
skildpadde
testudo
kilpikonna
kornjača
szárazföldi teknõsbékateknősteknősbéka
kura-kura
skjaldbaka
カメ
거북이
vėžlys
bruņurupucis
korytnačka
želva
sköldpadda
เต่า
kaplumbağakara kamlumbağasıtosbağa
con rùa

tortoise

[ˈtɔːtəs] Ntortuga f

tortoise

[ˈtɔːrtəs] ntortue f

tortoise

nSchildkröte f

tortoise

[ˈtɔːtəs] ntartaruga

tortoise

(ˈtoːtəs) noun
a kind of four-footed, slow-moving reptile covered with a hard shell.

tortoise

سُلَحْفَاة želva skildpadde Schildkröte χελώνα tortuga kilpikonna tortue kornjača tartaruga カメ 거북이 schildpad skilpadde żółw tartaruga черепаха sköldpadda เต่า kaplumbağa con rùa
References in classic literature ?
It was in the likeness of an abject and creeping tortoise.
thou Chilian whale, marked like an old tortoise with mystic hieroglyphics upon the back
The Hindus dreamed that the earth rested on an elephant, and the elephant on a tortoise, and the tortoise on a serpent; and though it may be an unimportant coincidence, it will not be out of place here to state, that a fossil tortoise has lately been discovered in Asia large enough to support an elephant.
The great rock was as smooth and as bare as the back of a tortoise.
I heard a noise just over my head, like the clapping of wings, and then began to perceive the woful condition I was in; that some eagle had got the ring of my box in his beak, with an intent to let it fall on a rock, like a tortoise in a shell, and then pick out my body, and devour it: for the sagacity and smell of this bird enables him to discover his quarry at a great distance, though better concealed than I could be within a two-inch board.
We called him Tortoise because he taught us,' said the Mock Turtle angrily: `really you are very dull
In one place I saw a tortoise which was twenty cubits long and as many broad, also a fish that was like a cow and had skin so thick that it was used to make shields.
Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise brought a salad with him in a string bag.
There he lay like a tortoise enclosed in its shell, or a side of bacon between two kneading-troughs, or a boat bottom up on the beach; nor did the gang of jokers feel any compassion for him when they saw him down; so far from that, extinguishing their torches they began to shout afresh and to renew the calls to arms with such energy, trampling on poor Sancho, and slashing at him over the shield with their swords in such a way that, if he had not gathered himself together and made himself small and drawn in his head between the shields, it would have fared badly with the poor governor, as, squeezed into that narrow compass, he lay, sweating and sweating again, and commending himself with all his heart to God to deliver him from his present peril.
He waved his hand for silence, and went on, "Can you tell me why the tortoise lives more long than generations of men, why the elephant goes on and on till he have sees dynasties, and why the parrot never die only of bite of cat of dog or other complaint?
His head, supported by a long and flexible neck, issued from his large black robe, balancing itself with a motion very much like that of the tortoise thrusting his head out of his shell.
Sometimes a chattering group would be seated upon the edge of a low rock in the midst of the brook, busily engaged in thinning and polishing the shells of cocoanuts, by rubbing them briskly with a small stone in the water, an operation which soon converts them into a light and elegant drinking vessel, somewhat resembling goblets made of tortoise shell.