from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various terrestrial turtles, especially one of the family Testudinidae, characteristically having thick clublike hind limbs and a high, rounded carapace.
- n. Chiefly British A terrestrial or freshwater chelonian.
- n. One that moves slowly; a laggard.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various land-dwelling reptiles, of family Testudinidae, whose body is enclosed in a shell (carapace plus plastron). The animal can withdraw its head and four legs partially into the shell, providing some protection from predators.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the order Testudinata.
- n. Same as Testudo, 2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An American nymphalid butterfly, Eugonia j-album: more fully called the Compton tortoise.
- n. Same as tortoise-beetle.
- n. A turtle; any chelonian or testudinate; a member of the order Chelonia or Testudinata (see the technical terms).
- n. A movable roof formerly used to protect the soldiers who worked a battering-ram.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica
Timothy the tortoise is a splendid social critic, a keen-eyed anthropologist who sees far beyond his shell.
"When the shell first became a matter of commerce, it was supposed that the turtle and the tortoise were the same, and the name tortoise being much older than turtle, the former appellation remained in designating the shell."
The giant tortoise is indigenous to the Galapagos Islands, and is also endangered.
Turtles. 102 -- The tortoises, more commonly called by our Indians the turtles, are of three sorts: the hawksbill, whose shell is that which we call the tortoise shell; the green turtle, whose flesh is good to eat; the third kind is called the loggerhead turtle, and neither its shell nor its flesh is of worth.
The terrestrial kinds are commonly known as tortoise while water dwelling ones may be called terrapins.
I like when it's darker, "said Ms. Kamali dressed in tortoise cat-eye sunglasses, a black blouse and ruched skirt (her own designs) with" creepy "Ann Demeulemeester-esque lace-up boots she said cost $60.
The colossal tortoise is noticed by Ælian (De Nat.
Billy Williams, the tortoise's owner, says he's had Roger since the tortoise was the size of a tennis ball.
Lloyds 'Turtle Wins the Race Sometimes the tortoise is the best bet.
Clemens said that heretofore Neptune, the planetary outpost of our system, had been called the tortoise of the skies, but that comparatively it was rapid in its motion, and had become a near neighbor.