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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