testudo

noun tes·tu·do \ tes-ˈtü-(ˌ)dō , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of testudo

plural testudos
:a cover of overlapping shields or a shed wheeled up to a wall used by the ancient Romans to protect an attacking force

Origin and Etymology of testudo

Latin testudin-, testudo, literally, tortoise, tortoise shell; akin to Latin testa shell


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