- arched or vaulted like a tortoise shell
- having a protective bony shell, as the turtle
Origin of testudinateLate Latin testudinatus: see testudo
A turtle or tortoise.
Origin of testudinateFrom New Latin Testūdināta former order name from Testūdō type genus from Latin testūdō testūdin- tortoise ; see testudo .
From Latin testÅ«dinÄtus (“arched, vaulted"), from testÅ«dÅ (“tortoise") + -Ätus.