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Friday, September 30, 2016
Definitions for testudinal
  1. pertaining to or resembling a tortoise or tortoise shell.

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Citations for testudinal
Once Mrs. Buckland found herself being shaken awake in the middle of the night, her husband crying in excitement: “My dear, I believe that Cheirotherium’s footsteps are undoubtedly testudinal.” … Mrs. Buckland made a flour paste, which she spread across the table, while the Reverend Buckland fetched the family tortoise. Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, 2003
The attainments of our early pupils were so low and the pace of learning so testudinal that my role became, increasingly, magisterial. Bob Marshall-Andrews, The Palace of Wisdom, 1989
Origin of testudinal
1815-1825
Testudinal derives from the Latin word for "tortoise," testūdō. It entered English in the early 1800s.
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