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giant tortoise

any of several large tortoises of the genus Geochelone, of the Galápagos Islands and islands near Madagascar: some are endangered.
Origin of giant tortoise
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nor did he care to consider such examples of longevity as the giant tortoise and the Yellow Leaf.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • The giant tortoise was clearing the kitchen garden of young lettuces; the monkeys were collecting entomological specimens.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • The giant tortoise had transferred itself to his garden, having apparently engaged a wheelbarrow for that purpose.

    A Drake by George! John Trevena
  • The enormous flatboat, that Suzanne had likened to a giant tortoise, darted now like an arrow, dragged by the current.

    Strange True Stories of Louisiana

    George Washington Cable
  • Baguian is famed throughout those seas as a rookery for the giant tortoise—testudo elephantopus.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down E. Alexander Powell
  • The largest, called the giant tortoise, easily supports on its back a weight of two hundred pounds.

    The Curly-Haired Hen Auguste Vimar
British Dictionary definitions for giant tortoise

giant tortoise

any of various very large tortoises of the genus Testudo, of the Galápagos, Seychelles, and certain other islands, weighing up to 225 kilograms (495 lbs.)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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