Definition of chelonian in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈlōnēən/


A reptile of the order Testudines(formerly Chelonia); a turtle, terrapin, or tortoise.
Example sentences
  • Most studies of the locomotor performance of reptiles have focused on lizards, with chelonians, especially hatchlings and juveniles, being largely overlooked.
  • The program she directs is to study the diversity and biology of southern Africa's chelonians (tortoises and turtles).
  • Among tetrapods, most species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and chelonians are larger at higher latitudes.


Relating to or denoting chelonians.
Example sentences
  • Over the last 15 years, the focus of Sal's herp interests has been primarily dedicated to chelonian husbandry.
  • This drug is perhaps the most commonly used treatment in chelonian medicine.
  • As a chelonian keeper, Chris has worked with several tortoises, and north American freshwater turtles.

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Syllabification: che·lo·ni·an

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