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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Gentle giants: The islands’ giant tortoises—after which the archipelago is named—can survive up to one year without food or water. National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 7 June 2019 Dean — an Aldabra giant tortoise, the second largest tortoise species — likes to have his shell rubbed. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Gatorland guide shares facts during Trainer-for-a-Day tour," 25 June 2019 Get up close to endangered Galápagos giant tortoises at a National Geographic–supported captive breeding program. National Geographic, "Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galápagos High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The exhibit itself looks like a giant tortoise shell. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 Wisconsin zoos outside Milwaukee worth a visit," 14 June 2019 Returning to Nosy Ankao in 1990, Peyre witnessed a terrible sight: Villagers desperate for food had slaughtered 10 giant tortoises. Tom Downey, WSJ, "Exploring Madagascar Is Now Easier Than Ever," 18 July 2018 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

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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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