turtle vs tortoise

turtle tortoise


  • 1) military An Ancient Roman attack method, where the shields held by the soldiers hide them, not only left, right, front and back, but also from above.
  • 2) archaic A turtle dove.
  • 3) Any land or marine reptile of the order Testudines, characterised by a protective shell enclosing its body.
  • 4) computing An on-screen cursor that serves the same function as a turtle for drawing.
  • 5) printing, historical The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.
  • 6) computing A type of robot having a domed case (and so resembling the reptile), used in education, especially for making line drawings by means of a computer program.
  • 7) Australia, UK A sea turtle.
  • 8) (Zoöl.) a large, handsome cowrie (Cypræa testudinaria); the turtle-shell; so called because of its fancied resemblance to a tortoise in color and form.
  • 9) etc. See under Alligator, Box, etc.
  • 10) (Printing) The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.
  • 11) (Zoöl.) The turtledove.
  • 12) tortoise shell. See under Tortoise.
  • 13) (Bot.) a marine plant (Thalassia testudinum) with grasslike leaves, common about the West Indies.
  • 14) (Zoöl.) a marine turtle of the genus Chelonia, having usually a smooth greenish or olive-colored shell. It is highly valued for the delicacy of its flesh, which is used especially for turtle soup. Two distinct species or varieties are known; one of which (Chelonia Midas) inhabits the warm part of the Atlantic Ocean, and sometimes weighs eight hundred pounds or more; the other (Chelonia virgata) inhabits the Pacific Ocean. Both species are similar in habits and feed principally on seaweed and other marine plants, especially the turtle grass.
  • 15) (Zoöl.) Any one of the numerous species of Testudinata, especially a sea turtle, or chelonian.
  • 16) any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
  • 17) The detachable segment of the cylinder of a rotary printing-machine which contains the types or plates to be printed: so called from its curved surface.
  • 18) A tortoise; any chelonian or testudinate; any member of the Chelonia or Testudinata (see the technical names); especially, a marine tortoise, provided with flippers; absolutely, the green turtle, as Chelonia midas (see cut below), highly esteemed for soup. See cuts referred to under tortoise, also cuts under Aspidonectes, Eretmochelys, periotic, Pleurospondylia, slider, and stinkpot.
  • 19) (See also alligator-turtle, land turtle, mud-turtle, sea-turtle, snapping-turtle.)
  • 20) A turtle-dove.
  • 21) To flip over onto the back or top; to turn upside down.
  • 22) To hunt turtles, especially in the water.
  • 23) video games To build up a large defense force and strike only punctually, rather than going for an offensive strategy.
  • 24) To turn and swim upside down.
  • 25) hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
  • 26) overturn accidentally


  • 1) Any of various land-dwelling reptiles, of family Testudinidae, whose body is enclosed in a shell (carapace plus plastron). The animal can withdraw its head and four legs partially into the shell, providing some protection from predators.
  • 2) One that moves slowly; a laggard.
  • 3) Any of various terrestrial turtles, especially one of the family Testudinidae, characteristically having thick clublike hind limbs and a high, rounded carapace.
  • 4) (Zoöl.) See Trionyx.
  • 5) the substance of the shell or horny plates of several species of sea turtles, especially of the hawkbill turtle. It is used in inlaying and in the manufacture of various ornamental articles.
  • 6) (Zoöl.) any one of numerous species of small tortoise-shaped beetles. Many of them have a brilliant metallic luster. The larvæ feed upon the leaves of various plants, and protect themselves beneath a mass of dried excrement held over the back by means of the caudal spines. The golden tortoise beetle (Cassida aurichalcea) is found on the morning-glory vine and allied plants.
  • 7) (Bot.) See Elephant's foot, under Elephant.
  • 8) (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the order Testudinata.
  • 9) See under Box, Land, etc.
  • 10) (Zoöl.) See Painted turtle, under Painted.
  • 11) (Zoöl.) A small American fresh-water tortoise (Chelopus guttatus or Nanemys guttatus) having a blackish carapace on which are scattered round yellow spots.
  • 12) (Zoöl.) the hawkbill turtle. See Hawkbill.
  • 13) (Zoöl.) any one of several species of handsomely colored butterflies of the genus Aglais, as Aglais Milberti, and Aglais urticæ, both of which, in the larva state, feed upon nettles.
  • 14) (Rom. Antiq.) Same as Testudo, 2.
  • 15) usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica
  • 16) An American nymphalid butterfly, Eugonia j-album: more fully called the Compton tortoise.
  • 17) A movable roof formerly used to protect the soldiers who worked a battering-ram.
  • 18) A turtle; any chelonian or testudinate; a member of the order Chelonia or Testudinata (see the technical terms).
  • 19) Same as tortoise-beetle.


  • 1) Commercial fishing will be banned permanently in a million square kilometres of ocean teeming with sharks, turtles and whales.
  • 2) We also went swimming with giant turtles half a mile out to sea.
  • 3) Is this a mild dose of the chemical pneumonia that may have killed the dolphins and turtles?
  • 4) We spent the whole week watching sharks and turtles with them.
  • 5) The ship turned turtle and sank in five minutes.
  • 6) The longevity of sea turtles is a subject of scientific research.
  • 7) turtle doves would be sad birds to lose.
  • 8) turtle doves are purring in the farmland hedges where they will build their flimsy nests.
  • 9) People in pain want to withdraw, like a turtle into its shell.
  • 10) They also swam with the island's giant sea turtles and splashed about in the surf.
  • 11) It can save turtles, dolphins and sharks.
  • 12) There's also wildlife fun with sea turtle and whale watching trips available.
  • 13) But if you rest your five best giant turtles, what can you expect?
  • 14) Heading out on the boat, we were greeted by playful dolphins and turtles.
  • 15) We do the opening act; imagine a big skeleton of a turtle shell in a climbing frame.
  • 16) They are often caught in large nets and dolphins, sharks and turtles get caught up in them.
  • 17) But they did not turn turtle in vain: they hatched a monster that has enslaved millions of people.
  • 18) Before she sank she completely turned turtle, and for a second or two her keel was visible above the surface.
  • 19) Tiger sharks, remember, can bite through the shell of a marine turtle.
  • 20) So... turtle shells and penguin suits in 2008?
  • 21) The vessel makes only a handful of voyages each year for up to 12 passengers willing to pay to swim with whale sharks and green turtles.
  • 22) ‘One of the main dishes was a soup - soft shelled turtle soup.’
  • 23) ‘The ball came to an end at 3am, when the waitresses served turtle soup.’
  • 24) ‘She told me about Escoffier's cookbook and its recipe for turtle soup.’
  • 25) ‘However, several species of sea turtles continue to be endangered by the Omani taste for turtle soup.’
  • 26) ‘Pork and turtle are feast foods, with chicken also being reserved for special occasions.’
  • 27) ‘The traditional national dish is turtle; conch is also popular, either served raw with lime juice and onions, or cooked as a stew, chowder, or fritters.’
  • 28) ‘Sea cow, turtle, and fish remain ceremonial dishes, along with bougna, a dish of steamed yams and meat cooked under hot stones.’


  • 1) Expect to see giant tortoises and a variety of birds too.
  • 2) Another day, another giant tortoise.
  • 3) I think the fridge is now about 40 years old, almost as old as our tortoise.
  • 4) Explore interactive exhibits by twilight and see the new giant tortoises.
  • 5) The devices are made from the outer parts of polished tortoise shells.
  • 6) How did the tortoise get its shell?
  • 7) Its drama was heightened by the use of cameras hidden inside tortoise shells as the wildebeest thundered over them.
  • 8) He bred 120 giant tortoises which amble freely around the island.
  • 9) Giant tortoises in captivity can live to 175 years old.
  • 10) This was two silver tortoises against a brilliant red hare, so to speak.
  • 11) Motion's imagination was ignited by the shape of the tortoise shell.
  • 12) One of our daughters suffered like this and found comfort in a couple of tortoises as pets whom we could promise would outlive her.
  • 13) Daisy spends much of her free time tending to her collection, which includes tortoise shells and a number of bird skulls.
  • 14) I felt elation on leaving the house, like an old tortoise on holiday from its burdensome shell.
  • 15) Look out for rescued giant tortoises, turtles, magpie robins and other wildlife.
  • 16) Who is cleaning those rooms: two elderly tortoises and a sloth on a Zimmer?
  • 17) ‘The herbivorous reptiles and tortoises had thrived until the arrival of man - and the rats that stowed away on his ships - because there had been no large predatory, carnivorous mammals for them to contend with.’
  • 18) ‘A mammal such as a horse, that stands with its left and right feet close together, has to control transverse movements of its centre of mass much more precisely than a reptile such as a tortoise, that stands with its feet far apart.’
  • 19) ‘But if no rains fall during the warm seasons and the tortoises don't get a chance to drink, they will enter hibernation dehydrated, malnourished, and with a bladder full of toxic waste.’
  • 20) ‘While desert predators, particularly ravens and coyotes, can't do much damage to adults, they can easily penetrate the shells of young tortoises.’
  • 21) ‘He was sentenced to a total of two months, suspended for a year, and banned from keeping a pet shop, reptiles or tortoises for ten years.’
  • 22) ‘The strange tortoise's shell is flat underneath and not rounded at the belly as usual, he says.’
  • 23) ‘But the tugging tides of conservatism outlast most swells of enthusiasm and a series of setbacks conspired to drive London's orchestras furtively back into their shells, like Galapagos tortoises in a hurricane.’
  • 24) ‘Thankfully the fire crew didn't need to use their cutting equipment and managed to coax the tortoise out of his shell by poking around inside.’
  • 25) ‘I held my breath as the dust cleared, and was relieved to see the tortoise lying fully retracted but unharmed.’
  • 26) ‘It was dropped by an eagle who was trying to crack open the tortoise's shell in order to eat it.’
  • 27) ‘The Iti National Park has wild goats, wild boars, deer, rodents, tortoises, reptiles, as well as an amazing variety of birds among which there are vultures, eagles, partridges, hoopoes, hawks, and owls.’
  • 28) ‘But when 14-year-old Luke tried to tempt it out of its shell by feeding it lettuce, as common herbivorous tortoises are accustomed to eating, the creature snapped at his hand with such force he was lucky to escape with his fingers intact.’
  • 29) ‘We'd stroke her feet and drum our fingers gently on her shell (the tortoise equivalent of a jockey's crop).’
  • 30) ‘As the last two wives were passing, one of them stubbed her toe against the tortoise's shell and instantly let out a cry of pain.’
  • 31) ‘Lizards, tortoises, salamanders and many other animals all move in this way, but it has disadvantages.’
  • 32) ‘In addition, males are smaller than are females in most Testudinidae, particularly among European tortoises.’
  • 33) ‘Other characters included two long-suffering frogs called Ernie and Sylve, an heroic tortoise called Lewis Collins and a little white shell called Jim Morrison.’
  • 34) ‘A two-headed tortoise has come out of its shell in Dorset to find itself in the media spotlight.’
  • 35) ‘For example, a tortoise is a herbivore and hibernates but a snake eats meat and needs to be kept warm all year.’
  • 36) ‘Wild goats and pigs threaten the food supply of the magnificent Galapagos tortoises, and rats eat the eggs of birds and reptiles that have evolved without natural predators.’
  • 37) ‘The Turtle Conservation Fund has listed the 25 most endangered turtles to highlight the survival crisis facing tortoises and freshwater turtles and to unveil a global plan to prevent further extinctions.’
  • 38) ‘Three other tortoises, two snapping turtles and a monitor lizard had to be hosed down by firefighters in Eric and Carole Griffiths' home in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester.’
  • 39) ‘‘Racing’ may sound like an odd term to describe a tortoise, but gopher tortoises are faster than you might think.’
  • 40) ‘Blue skinks, bearded dragons, crocodiles, alien-looking veiled chameleons, reticulated pythons, leopard tortoises, and tiny glistening frogs and toads of every color.’
  • 41) ‘Because two days ago at the Crocodile Bank not far from Mahabalipuram, along with hundreds of fascinating crocs and tortoises and snakes, I saw this sign.’
  • 42) ‘It carried its little Ôswag’ on its back, and thrust out its head from a sockety head like that of a tortoise.’
  • 43) ‘Moreover, I had never thought of the fox as being a particularly Chinese animal like, say, the tortoise.’
  • 44) ‘It was also used by the Romans when they used what was known as a tortoise formation to move forward to a target that was well defended.’
  • 45) ‘The children are also learning to march like a tortoise as the Romans did, with shields at their side and on top.’
  • 46) ‘The testudo, the tortoise formation, involved raising the scutums into a shell.’
  • 47) ‘Like the tortoise thing that the roman soldiers used to do…’

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