from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An order of reptiles, including the tortoises and turtles, peculiar in having a part of the vertebræ, ribs, and sternum united with the dermal plates so as to form a firm shell. The jaws are covered by a horny beak. See reptilia; also, Illust. in Appendix.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The Testudinata or shield-reptiles; the turtles and tortoises; an order of Reptilia, in which the body is inclosed in a shell consisting of a carapace and a plastron, from between which the head, tail, and four limbs protrude.
- Same as Chelone, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tortoises and turtles
- n. green turtles
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