any of several large tortoises of the genus Geochelone, of the Galápagos Islands and islands near Madagascar: some are endangered.
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How to use giant tortoise in a sentence
Nor did he care to consider such examples of longevity as the giant tortoise and the Yellow Leaf.
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 giant tortoise was clearing the kitchen garden of young lettuces; the monkeys were collecting entomological specimens.
The giant tortoise had transferred itself to his garden, having apparently engaged a wheelbarrow for that purpose.
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
British Dictionary definitions for 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.)
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