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A reptile of the order Chelonia; a turtle or tortoise.
[From New Latin Chelōnia, order name, from Greek khelōnē, tortoise.]
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(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
(Animals) of, relating to, belonging to, or characteristic of the Chelonia
[C19: from New Latin Chelōnia, from Greek khelōnē tortoise]
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A turtle or tortoise.
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|Noun||1.||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
order Chelonia, order Testudinata, order Testudines, Testudinata, Testudines, Chelonia - tortoises and 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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