gopher tortoise


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gopher tortoise

n.
Any of several North American burrowing tortoises of the genus Gopherus, especially G. polyphemus of the southeast United States.
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Noun1.gopher tortoise - burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern North Americagopher tortoise - burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern North America
tortoise - usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica
genus Gopherus, Gopherus - gopher tortoises
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