Testudo meaning

tĕ-sto͝o'dō, -styo͝o'-
A Roman siege device consisting of a movable screen protecting the besiegers' approach to a wall.
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A cover formed by the overlapping shields of besiegers and held over their heads.
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A movable shelter or screen with a strong arched roof, used as a protection by ancient Roman soldiers.
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A protective covering over a group of ancient Roman soldiers, formed by overlapping their shields above their heads.
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(historical, Roman antiquity) A shelter formed by a body of troops by holding their shields or targets close together over their heads.
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(music) A kind 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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Origin of testudo

  • Latin testūdō from testa shell
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin, from testa (“the shell of shellfish, or of testaceous animals"). See Testudo (“tortoise genus").
    From Wiktionary