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 (tĕs-to͞od′n-ĭt, -āt′, -tyo͞od′-)
A turtle or tortoise.

[From New Latin Testūdināta, former order name, from Testūdō, type genus, from Latin testūdō, testūdin-, tortoise; see testudo.]

tes·tu′di·nate adj.
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(tɛˈstud n ɪt, -ˌeɪt, -ˈstyud-)

1. formed like the carapace of a tortoise; arched.
2. of or pertaining to turtles.
3. any member of the order Testudines, comprising turtles, tortoises, and terrapins.
[1720–30; < Latin testūdinātus]
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- Means "slow-moving; like a turtle," from Latin testudo, "tortoise," and also describes something curved or vaulted like a turtle shell.
See also related terms for tortoise.
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