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- n. Any member or species of the genus Geochelone, land tortoises reaching 1.3 meters in length and with average life spans exceeding 100 years.
- n. Any of several species of reptile of the extinct genera, Cylindraspis, Dipsochelys, and the species Meiolania platyceps.
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- n. very large tortoises of the Galapagos and Seychelles islands
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On a tiny coral island called Aldabra, in the Indian Ocean, lives a species of giant tortoise less famous though no less imposing than the Galápagos tortoises.
Two of the doors stood open and to Thanet's surprise a head now poked out of each, as if a giant tortoise had just woken up.