- tortilla flat,
- tortoise beetle,
- tortoise brooch,
- tortoise plant,
Origin of tortoise
Examples from the Web for tortoise
Tortoise disqualified for technical reasons, first place awarded to Sputnik hare.Why Does the USA Depend on Russian Rockets to Get Us Into Space?|P. J. O’Rourke|June 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tortoise Hollande, early on in his bid to become the Socialist nominee, had only two reporters on his beat.Against All Odds, Can Sarkozy Pull Out an Election Win vs. Hollande?|Tracy McNicoll|May 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old Pattinson may be the tortoise to Lautner's hare.
She is married with two children, two dogs, a cat and a tortoise.
So without more ado she followed the way the tortoise had gone, and came to the school.Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories|Anonymous
Peter Walsh was hoisting a sail, a gunter lug, on the Tortoise.Priscilla's Spies|George A. Birmingham
He set to work to make a musical instrument, using the shell of a tortoise for the body and placing strings across it.How the Piano Came to Be|Ellye Howell Glover
The elephant and tortoise of the Hindu earth are, no doubt, emblematic or typical, not literal.Pioneers of Science|Oliver Lodge
And after the tortoise had said all this, there came from the celestial regions a car.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2|Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Word Origin for tortoise
1550s, altered (perhaps by influence of porpoise) from Middle English tortuse (late 15c.), tortuce (mid-15c.), tortuge (late 14c.), from Medieval Latin tortuca (mid-13c.), perhaps from Late Latin tartaruchus "of the underworld" (see turtle). Others propose a connection with Latin tortus "twisted," based on the shape of the feet. The classical Latin word was testudo, from testa "shell." First record of tortoise shell as a coloring pattern is from 1782.