testudo

noun
tes·tu·do | \te-ˈstü-(ˌ)dō, -ˈtyü-\
plural testudos

Definition of testudo 

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

First Known Use of testudo

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for testudo

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

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