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Topic: ANIMALS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: tortue, from Vulgar Latin tartaruca, from Late Latin tartaruchus 'of Tartarus', from Greek tartarouchos, from Tartaros 'Tartarus, the land of the dead in ancient stories'; because it used to be thought that tortoises and turtles came from hell

tortoise

noun
     
tortoise
tor‧toise [countable]
HBA a slow-moving land animal that can pull its head and legs into the hard round shell that covers its body [↪ turtle]
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