giant tortoise

noun

: 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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web For instance, in the British overseas territory of Saint Helena, the queen shares opposite sides of a five pence coin with Jonathan the giant tortoise, a local resident. Daniel Wolfe, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2022 Jonathan is a Seychelles giant tortoise and is believed to have been born in 1832,according to CNN. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022 The giant tortoise was gifted to Sir William Grey-Wilson and arrived in St. Helena from Seychelles in 1882. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022 Jonathan, a Seychelles giant tortoise, lives on an island in the British territory St. Helena. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 23 July 2022 Efforts to stop the trains and save Clyde went into motion after a passenger spotted the giant tortoise on tracks while riding in a train. People Staff, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2022 Our next stop was the breeding sanctuary of the Aldabra giant tortoise, which is funded by the Four Seasons. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2022 Our next stop was the breeding sanctuary of the Aldabra giant tortoise, which is funded by the Four Seasons. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2022 Since then, the giant tortoise has lived through 40 US presidents. Richard Stenger, CNN, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of giant tortoise was circa 1909

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“Giant tortoise.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giant%20tortoise. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

giant tortoise

noun

: any of various large plant-eating tortoises of the Galapagos Islands and islands of the western Indian Ocean
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