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Meaning of TESTUDO

Pronunciation:  te'stoodow

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  type genus of the Testudinidae
  2. [n]  a movable protective covering that provided protection from above; used by Roman troops when approaching the walls of a besieged fortification

TESTUDO is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: genus Testudo
 See Also: European tortoise, family Testudinidae, giant tortoise, protection, protective cover, protective covering, reptile genus, Testudinidae, Testudo graeca



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tes*tu"do\, n.; pl. {Testudines}. [L., from testa the
shell of shellfish, or of testaceous animals.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) 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 Gr[ae]ca}) and the gopher of the
   Southern United States.

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

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.