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Definitions of tortoise

  1. usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the order Testudinata. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Same as Testudo, 2. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. a tortoise-shell cat. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A turtle. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. having a color like that of a tortoise's shell, black with white and orange spots; - used mostly to describe cats of that color. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A turtle, especially one that lives on land or in fresh water. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A reptile from which the head, neck, tail, and limbs protrude, so called either from its crooked feet or winding motion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A four-footed reptile inclosed in a hard case. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. An animal, properly of the land, of the order chelonia, covered with a shell, from under which the head, the tail and the limbs protrude, so called from the twisted appearance of these last; a defence formed by bucklers held over the heads of the soldiers. See Testudo. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. A reptile more or less flattened, covered with a very hard shell or case, into which it can draw its head and feet at will. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. having a color like that of a tortoise's shell, black with white and orange spots; -- used mostly to describe cats of that color. mso.anu.edu.au
  13. (Heb. tsab ). The tsab occurs only in ( Leviticus 11:29 ) as the name of some unclean animal. The Hebrew word may be identified with the kindred Arabic dhab , "a large kind of lizard," which appears to be the Psommosaurus scincus of Cuvier. biblestudytools.com
  14. (Heb. tsabh). Ranked among the unclean animals ( Leviticus 11:29 ). Land tortoises are common in Syria. The LXX. renders the word by "land crocodile." The word, however, more probably denotes a lizard, called by the modern Arabs dhabb . biblestudytools.com
  15. tor'tis, or -tois, n. together with turtles, a well-defined order of reptiles, distinguished especially by the dorsal (carapace) and ventral (plastron) shields which protect the body.--n. TOR'TOISE-SHELL, the horny epidermic plate of a species of turtle.--adj. of the colour of the foregoing, mottled in yellow and black. [O. Fr. tortis--L. tortus, twisted.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  16. Land (& fresh water) varieties of turtle, reptile encased in two scaly or leathery shields forming a box; ALLIGATOR t.; (Roman ant.)=TESTUDO; t.-shell, mottled& clouded outer shell or scale of some sea turtles used for combs &c., t.-shell cat, butterfly, (with black& yellow markings suggesting t.-shell). [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  17. n. [French, Latin] A reptile inclosed in a case formed by two leathery or scaly shields, and having horny jaws in the place of teeth;-in ancient warfare, a position of defence assumed by the soldiers, each man stooping and raising his buckler over his head, so as to form a covering over the whole line like a tortoise shell. Cabinet Dictionary

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