1. tortoise

noun. ['ˈtɔrtəs'] usually herbivorous land turtles having clawed elephant-like limbs; worldwide in arid area except Australia and Antarctica.


  • gopher tortoise
  • gopher
  • European tortoise
  • giant tortoise
  • gopher turtle
  • Gopherus polypemus
  • Texas tortoise
  • desert tortoise
  • turtle
  • Testudo graeca
  • family Testudinidae
  • Testudinidae


  • tortuse (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Tortoise

  • anacortes
  • fortas

How do you spell tortoise? Is it tortise ?

A common misspelling of tortoise is tortise

Example sentences of the word tortoise

1. Noun, singular or mass
Make no mistake about it -- the giant tortoise can live up to his name.

Quotes containing the word tortoise

1. In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.
- Anita Brookner