Definition of tortoise
1 : any of a family (Testudinidae) of terrestrial turtles; broadly : turtle
2 : someone or something regarded as slow or laggard
Recent Examples of tortoise from the Web
The stormy news has put a wind at the tortoise’s back.
In doing so, Betts lofted his 14th and 15th homers of the season, giving him 13 in his past 52 games, after that tortoise-like slow start.
Next to the enclosure, a couple of African sulcata tortoises caught some rays near the couple's 4-year-old-daughter Ava's sunny playground.
Plenty of dogs and cats, sure, but the real stars are the occasional tortoise or iguana.
The National Taiwan University operates an experimental forest here with towering cedars, red spruce, Hinoki cypress and tortoise-shell bamboo.
Meet live animals such as a red-foot tortoise, a monk parakeet, a Mandarin duck, a Chilean rose-haired tarantula and more.
Costco executives have acknowledged the company is a tortoise, not a hare, in the online arena, and that its focus is still on getting customers into its brick-and-mortar stores.
To sequence the tortoise genome, researchers took tissue samples of muscle, lung, brain and blood, the paper reported.
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Definition of tortoise for English Language Learners
: a kind of turtle that lives on land
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