tortoise

noun
tor·​toise | \ ˈtȯr-təs \

Definition of tortoise

1 : any of a family (Testudinidae) of terrestrial turtles broadly : turtle
2 : someone or something regarded as slow or laggard

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The vibe was carefree and fun with the only sign of the dreaded winter being the cozy fire, which served mainly to illuminate the beautiful acrylic handbags of gleaming tortoise shell and iridescent ivory and bronze. Mai Morsch, Vogue, "Edie Parker Hosted a Colorful Cocktail Party That Made Guests Forget All About the New York Slush," 13 Feb. 2019 Just like the tortoise and the hare, some babies get off to a fast start crawling soon after their first half birthday — while others take it slow and steady. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Crawl? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 28 Jan. 2019 Sabre, French maker of chic everyday cutlery in high-style finishes such as tortoise and horn, has introduced a teak edition that nails that Nordic note. Gabriella Gershenson, WSJ, "A Few of Our Favorite Food Things Right Now," 6 Sep. 2018 The Ground Finch uses its crushing beak to remove ticks from the backs of tortoises and iguanas. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "BREAKING: Mystery of Square Wombat Poop Revealed," 20 Nov. 2018 The vehicle could be seen entering a bus circle at the San Jose Elementary School in Dunedin, and stopped as the slow-moving tortoise meandered into the street. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Florida cops seek driver they say purposely ran over beloved tortoise at elementary school," 16 Aug. 2018 After a short investigation, police learned the tortoise belonged to an Athol resident who lived more than a mile away from where the animal was found. Alejandro Serrano, BostonGlobe.com, "Athol police find and return 40-pound tortoise to its owner," 18 June 2018 The deputy eventually turns his camera around, revealing the mid-road walker was a large tortoise. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump scores on his own goal," 16 July 2018 Escalera is facing felony littering and misdemeanor possession of a gopher tortoise. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Man arrested after Raphael the turtle painted red," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of tortoise

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tortoise

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

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tortoise

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tortoise

: a kind of turtle that lives on land

tortoise

noun
tor·​toise | \ ˈtȯr-təs \

Kids Definition of tortoise

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

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