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Testudines
Testudo 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 wheels. 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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- Turtles are an order of reptiles known as Testudines; characterized by a bony s****, developed from their ribs. Turtles were historically considered part...
- Britain. Since then, it has been used in common names for testudines in the English language. Testudine species with "terrapin" in their common English-language...
- are fourteen extant families of the order Testudines, an order of reptile known as turtles. The testudines are some of the most ancient reptiles alive...
- to turtles than to any other animals. It includes both modern turtles (Testudines) and all of their extinct relatives (also known as stem-turtles). The...
- təs.ɪz/) are reptile species of the family Testudinidae of the order Testudines (from the Latin name for tortoise). They are particularly distinguished...
- organisms Taxonomy Virus classification List of Anuran families List of Testudines families List of fish families List of families of spiders Barnhart 1895...
- tortoise is a land-dwelling reptile, protected by a s****, of the order Testudines. Tortoise may also refer to: Tortoise (band), a US post-rock band formed...
- Bataguridae) are one of the largest and most diverse families in the order Testudines (turtles), with about 70 species. The family includes the Eurasian pond...
- They are listed here in three systematic groups (Sauria, Serpentes, and Testudines) in alphabetical order by scientific name. Algyroides fitzingeri – Fitzinger's...
- continents except Antarctica. Several living subgroups are recognized: Testudines (turtles and tortoises), 361 species; Rhynchocephalia (the tuatara from...