giant tortoise


Definition of giant tortoise

: any of various large long-lived herbivorous land tortoises (genus Geochelone) formerly common on the islands of the western Indian Ocean and on the Galápagos Islands

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At a private tortoise reserve, share some time in the giant tortoises' natural habitat, surrounded by the abundant bird life of the area. Allie Almario, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to the Galápagos Islands," 5 Oct. 2016 Gatorland offers guests an opportunity to feed the giant tortoises for just $5. Cassie Armstrong,, "Celebrate World Turtle Day with Gatorland's three resident tortoises," 23 May 2018 There will be a Galapagos exhibit featuring sea lions, sharks, giant tortoises and other species. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "$150 million campaign announced for Houston Zoo," 9 Apr. 2018 The islands are known for sublime beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, rainforests, and rare animals like the Aldabra giant tortoise. Diane Bair,, "You cruised where? Far-flung destinations lure the cruising crowd off the beaten port," 6 Feb. 2018 Wild animals—kangaroos, dingoes, cassowaries, giant tortoises—roamed on the grounds of the ancestral pile. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Great Feather Heist," 21 Mar. 2018 Today, Aldabra Atoll, an island in the Indian Ocean near Madagascar and Tanzania, is a predator-free paradise for more than 100,000 giant tortoises. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "Ancient Crocodiles Once Feasted on Giant Tortoises on This Island," 23 Jan. 2018 The island is home to beautiful beaches, giant tortoises and luxury amenities. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Want to work for Richard Branson on his private Caribbean island? There's an opening," 6 Mar. 2018 Shells of such giant tortoises were sitting next to Lewis’ pet for the kids to touch and examine. Roger Showley,, "Charles Darwin's birthday marked with cake, a live tortoise at Natural History Museum," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of giant tortoise

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of giant tortoise

: a large plant-eating tortoise

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