tortoise

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noun tor·toise \ˈtȯr-təs\

Definition of tortoise

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Testudinidae) of terrestrial turtles; broadly :  turtle

  2. 2 :  someone or something regarded as slow or laggard

Origin and Etymology of tortoise

Middle English tortu, tortuse, from Anglo-French tortue — more at turtle


First Known Use: 14th century


TORTOISE Defined for English Language Learners

tortoise

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noun tor·toise \ˈtȯr-təs\

Definition of tortoise for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of turtle that lives on land


TORTOISE Defined for Kids

tortoise

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noun tor·toise \ˈtȯr-təs\

Definition of tortoise for Students

  1. 1 :  a usually large turtle that lives on land

  2. 2 :  turtle



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