- • to have the tortoise/turtles head is to need to defecate urgently, i.e. like a turtles head poking out ! e.g. "Quick, quick, I've got the turtles head !".
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tortoise — ► NOUN ▪ a slow moving land reptile with a scaly or leathery domed shell into which it can retract its head and legs. ORIGIN Latin tortuca … English terms dictionary
tortoise — UK [ˈtɔː(r)təs] / US [ˈtɔrtəs] noun [countable] Word forms tortoise : singular tortoise plural tortoises an animal that walks slowly and can pull its head and legs into the shell on its back … English dictionary
tortoise — [[t]tɔ͟ː(r)təs[/t]] tortoises N COUNT A tortoise is a slow moving animal with a shell into which it can pull its head and legs for protection … English dictionary
tortoise — n. 1 any slow moving land or freshwater reptile of the family Testudinidae, encased in a scaly or leathery domed shell, and having a retractile head and elephantine legs. 2 Rom. Antiq. = TESTUDO. Derivatives: tortoise like adj. & adv. Etymology:… … Useful english dictionary
tortoise — noun 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 … Wiktionary
tortoise — tor|toise [ˈto:təs US ˈto:r ] n [Date: 1400 1500; : 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 ;… … Dictionary of contemporary English
tortoise — tor|toise [ tɔrtəs ] noun count an animal that walks slowly and can pull its head and legs into the shell on its back … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
tortoise — [ tɔ:təs, tɔɪz] noun 1》 a slow moving land reptile of warm climates, enclosed in a scaly or leathery domed shell into which it can retract its head and legs. [Family Testudinidae: many species.] 2》 a testudo. Origin ME tortu, tortuce: from OFr.… … English new terms dictionary
tortoise — noun (C) a slow moving land animal that can pull its head and legs into the hard round shell that covers its body compare turtle … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
tortoise — [ˈtɔːtəs] noun [C] an animal that walks slowly and that can pull its head and legs into the shell on its back … Dictionary for writing and speaking English