testudo

noun

tes·​tu·​do te-ˈstü-(ˌ)dō How to pronounce testudo (audio)
-ˈtyü-
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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of testudo was in 1609

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“Testudo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/testudo. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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