giant tortoise
noun Date: circa 1909 any of various large long-lived herbivorous land tortoises (genus Geochelone) formerly common on the islands of the western Indian Ocean and on the Galápagos Islands

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  • giant tortoise — noun very large tortoises of the Galapagos and Seychelles islands • Hypernyms: ↑tortoise • Member Holonyms: ↑Testudo, ↑genus Testudo, ↑Geochelone, ↑genus Geochelone * * * noun, pl ⋯ toises [count] : a large plant eating tortoise …   Useful english dictionary

  • giant tortoise — any of several large tortoises of the genus Geochelone, of the Galápagos Islands and islands near Madagascar: some are endangered. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • giant tortoise — noun a) Any member or species of the genus Geochelone land tortoises reaching 1.3 meters in length and with average life spans exceeding 100 years. b) Any of several species of reptile of the extinct genuses (Cylindraspis, Dipsochelys, and… …   Wiktionary

  • giant tortoise — gi′ant tor′toise n. ram any of several large tortoises of the genus Geochelone, of the Galápagos Islands and islands near Madagascar …   From formal English to slang

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  • Domed Rodrigues giant tortoise — Illustration from c. 1770 by Jossigny Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoise — Conservation status Extinct (IUCN 2.3) Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

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