geometric tortoise


: 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
: any of several forms related to the geometric tortoise

Word History


so called from the geometric patterns of the shells

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“Geometric tortoise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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