- nounvery large tortoises of the Galapagos and Seychelles islands• Hypernyms: ↑tortoise
* * *noun, pl ⋯ -toises [count]: a large plant-eating tortoise◇ Giant tortoises were once common on islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans, but they are now rare.
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Giant tortoise — Taxobox name = Giant Tortoise image width = 200px image caption = Galápagos Giant Tortoise regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Sauropsida ordo = Testudines subordo = Cryptodira familia = TestudinidaeGiant tortoises are characteristic… … Wikipedia
giant tortoise — noun Date: circa 1909 any of various large long lived herbivorous land tortoises (genus Geochelone) formerly common on the islands of the western Indian Ocean and on the Galápagos Islands … New Collegiate Dictionary
giant tortoise — any of several large tortoises of the genus Geochelone, of the Galápagos Islands and islands near Madagascar: some are endangered. [1910 15] * * * … Universalium
giant tortoise — noun a) Any member or species of the genus Geochelone land tortoises reaching 1.3 meters in length and with average life spans exceeding 100 years. b) Any of several species of reptile of the extinct genuses (Cylindraspis, Dipsochelys, and… … Wiktionary
giant tortoise — gi′ant tor′toise n. ram any of several large tortoises of the genus Geochelone, of the Galápagos Islands and islands near Madagascar … From formal English to slang
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Domed Rodrigues giant tortoise — Illustration from c. 1770 by Jossigny Conservation status … Wikipedia