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

Examples of giant tortoise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the first time, researchers in the Seychelles documented a giant tortoise stalking and eating a young tern chick. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2021 TikTok has nothing on these researchers who captured on video for the first time a giant tortoise, long thought to be a vegetarian, grabbing a meaty snack. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 24 Aug. 2021 In the video recorded by Gerlach’s co-author Anna Zora, a female giant tortoise creeps toward a lesser noddy tern chick perched on a log. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Aug. 2021 According to Gibbs, that the giant tortoise is female may be an important clue to the shocking behavior., 23 Aug. 2021 Scientists just published the first video evidence of a giant tortoise hunting, killing, and eating a baby bird on Frégate Island in the Seychelles. Matt Simon, Wired, 23 Aug. 2021 Genetic analysis confirmed that a female giant tortoise, discovered in the Galápagos Islands in 2019, belongs to a species last seen in 1906. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 19 July 2021 However, the Fernandina giant tortoise was thought to have gone extinct from volcanic eruptions on the island. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2021 If a male giant tortoise is found, the team will take him to the breeding center in Santa Cruz and encourage him to mate with Fernanda. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of giant tortoise

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

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13 Sep 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of giant tortoise

: a large plant-eating tortoise


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