geometric tortoise


Definition of geometric tortoise

1 : a common southern African tortoise (Testudo geometrica or Psammobates geometrica) with ornately sculptured dorsal shields raised into conical eminences and alternately streaked with yellow and black
2 : any of several forms related to the geometric tortoise

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History and Etymology for geometric tortoise

so called from the geometric patterns of the shells

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“Geometric tortoise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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