Definition of tortoise noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɔːtəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɔːrtəs//
Pets, Amphibians and reptiles
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a reptile with a hard round shell, that lives on land and moves very slowly. It can pull its head and legs into its shell. compare terrapin, turtle See related entries: Pets, Amphibians and reptiles Word Originlate Middle English tortu, tortuce: from Old French tortue and Spanish tortuga, both from medieval Latin tortuca, of uncertain origin. The current spelling dates from the mid 16th cent.
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