from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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  • House, Herbert and Neb were fortunate enough to capture a magnificent specimen of the order of chelonia.

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  • I thought I could see floating on the surface of the waters enormous chelonia, preadamite tortoises, resembling floating islands.

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  • This may be accounted for by the fact that Darwin, in the last four editions of the Origin of Species quoted a statement by von Baer to the effect that: “` Embryos of birds, lizards, and snakes, probably also of chelonia are in their earliest states exceeding like one another '”


  • A better proof of this latter fact cannot be given than the statement by von Baer that “The embryos of mammalia, of birds, lizards, and snakes, probably also of chelonia are in their earliest states exceedingly like one another, both as a whole and in the mode of development of their parts; so much so, in fact, that we can often distinguish the embryos only by their size.

    XIV. Mutual Affinities of Organic Beings: Morphology-Embryology-Rudimentary Organs. Development and Embryology

  • Above this bed lie those which have been called the Wealden, from their full development in the Weald of Sussex; and these as incontestably argue that the dry land forming the dirt-bed had next afterwards become the area of brackish estuaries, or lakes partially connected with the sea; for the Wealden strata contain exuviae of fresh-water tribes, besides those of the great saurians and chelonia.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

  • Cuvier's four orders of reptilia (sauria, chelonia, and batrachia) are represented in this formation, the serpent order (ophidia) being alone wanting.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

  • The owner of the stall was arrested when the giant green turtles, named chelonia mydas, were found inside his storehouse in Denpasar, chief detective Col. Andi Taqdir Rahmantiro said.

    The News Tribune Blogs

  • Boothe said green sea turtles (chelonia mydas) are seen off of the Oregon coast and as far north as southern Alaska, however, it is usually in the summer months when the water is a bit warmer.

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  • "The embryos of mammals, birds, lizards and snakes, and probably chelonia

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