testudo

noun
tes·​tu·​do | \ te-ˈstü-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce testudo (audio) , -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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“Testudo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testudo. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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