• (GA) IPA: /ˈtɔːɹ.təs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈtɔː.təs/
    • (British, also) IPA: /ˈtɔːˌtɔɪs/

tortoise (plural tortoises)

  1. Any of various land-dwelling reptiles, of the family Testudinidae (chiefly, North America) or the order Testudines (chiefly, UK), 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.
    Synonyms: shellpad
  • French: (tortoise or turtle) tortue
  • German: (tortoise or turtle) Schildkröte, Landschildkröte
  • Italian: (tortoise or turtle) tartaruga, testuggine
  • Portuguese: (tortoise or turtle) tartaruga, jabuti, cágado
  • Russian: (tortoise or turtle) черепа́ха
  • Spanish: (tortoise or turtle) tortuga, tortuga terrestre, morrocoy (Venezuela)

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