Testudinidae

plural noun

Tes·​tu·​din·​i·​dae
ˌtest(y)üˈdinəˌdē
: a family of turtles comprising carnivorous freshwater and herbivorous terrestrial forms that usually have a strong thick convex carapace, broad plastron, and club-shaped feet in which the toes are firmly bound together so that the claws alone are evident compare european tortoise , painted turtle

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Testudin-, Testudo, type genus + -idae

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“Testudinidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Testudinidae. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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