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testudinate

[te-stood-n-it, -eyt, -styood-]
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adjective
  1. formed like the carapace of a tortoise; arched; vaulted.
  2. chelonian.
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noun
  1. a turtle.
  2. any member of the order Testudines, comprising turtles, tortoises, and terrapins.
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Origin of testudinate

From the Latin word testūdinātus, dating back to 1720–30. See testudinal, -ate1
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  • The testudinate is employed where the span is not great, and where large rooms are provided in upper stories.

    Ten Books on Architecture

    Vitruvius