Testudineous

Tes`tu*din"e*ous

(?), a. [L. testudineus.] Resembling the shell of a tortoise.
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Tes*tu"do

(?), n.;
pl. Testudines (#).
[L., from testa the shell of shellfish, or of testaceous animals.] 1. (Zol.) A genus of tortoises which formerly included a large number of diverse forms, but is now restricted to certain terrestrial species, such as the European land tortoise (Testudo Grca) and the gopher of the Southern United States.
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2. (Rom. Antiq.) A cover or screen which a body of troops formed with their shields or targets, by holding them over their heads when standing close to each other. This cover resembled the back of a tortoise, and served to shelter the men from darts, stones, and other missiles. A similar defense was sometimes formed of boards, and moved on wheels.
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3. (Mus.) A kind of musical instrument. a species of lyre; -- so called in allusion to the lyre of Mercury, fabled to have been made of the shell of a tortoise.
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