[te-stood-n-it, -eyt, -styood-]


formed like the carapace of a tortoise; arched; vaulted.


a turtle.
any member of the order Testudines, comprising turtles, tortoises, and terrapins.

Origin of testudinate

From the Latin word testūdinātus, dating back to 1720–30. See testudinal, -ate1
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Historical Examples of testudinate

  • The testudinate is employed where the span is not great, and where large rooms are provided in upper stories.