Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A reptile of the order Chelonia; a turtle or tortoise.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of, pertaining to, or having the characters of the Chelonia; testudinate.
  • noun One of the Chelonia or Testudinata; a turtle or tortoise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to animals of the tortoise kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or belonging to the order Chelonia (Testudines), which includes the turtles and tortoises.
  • noun A reptile of the order Chelonia (Testudines)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of or relating to or resembling or being a turtle or tortoise
  • noun a reptile of the order Chelonia

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From New Latin Chelōnia, order name, from Greek khelōnē, tortoise.]

Examples

  • She was the oldest living chelonian and the only living creature to have met Charles Darwin and traveled aboard the Beagle.

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  • She was the oldest living chelonian and the only living creature to have met Charles Darwin and traveled aboard the Beagle.

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  • The “superb specimen of a chelonian” was no longer there!

    The Mysterious Island

  • The “superb specimen of a chelonian” was no longer there!

    The Mysterious Island

  • However, this is not the most general use to which the chelonian eggs are put in the provinces of Amazones and Para.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • [1] The glyptodon and armadillo are mammalian; the tortoise is a chelonian, a reptile, distinct classes of the animal kingdom; therefore the latter cannot be a representative of the former.

    Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • "Contempt will pierce the armor of a tortoise," says an oriental proverb; and poor Ragni had no chelonian armor.

    Essays on Scandinavian Literature

  • However, this is not the most general use to which the chelonian eggs are put in the provinces of Amazones and Para.

    Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon

  • [1] The glyptodon and armadillo are mammalian; the tortoise is a chelonian, a reptile, distinct classes of the animal kingdom; therefore the latter cannot be a representative of the former.

    A Journey to the Interior of the Earth

  • But these wall cases are mainly devoted to the exhibition of chelonian, or tortoise fossils, which are the highest class of fossil reptiles, except the serpents, and found only in the later or oolite formations of the earth.

    How to See the British Museum in Four Visits

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