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testudo

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noun tes·tu·do \tes-ˈtü-(ˌ)dō, -ˈtyü-\

Definition of testudo

plural tes·tu·dos

  1. :  a cover of overlapping shields or a shed wheeled up to a wall used by the ancient Romans to protect an attacking force



Origin of testudo

Latin testudin-, testudo, literally, tortoise, tortoise shell; akin to Latin testa shell


First Known Use: 1609

Rhymes with testudo


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