chelonia definition

  • noun-plural:
    • An order of reptiles, such as the tortoises and turtles, distinct in having an integral part of the vertebr√¶, ribs, and sternum united aided by the dermal dishes to be able to form a strong shell. The jaws tend to be included in a horny beak. See reptilia; additionally, Illust. in Appendix.
  • others:
    • The Testudinata or shield-reptiles; the turtles and tortoises; an order of Reptilia, when the human anatomy is inclosed in a shell composed of a carapace and a plastron, from between which the head, tail, and four limbs protrude.
    • just like Chelone, 1.
  • noun:
    • tortoises and turtles
    • green turtles

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