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morocoy

Line breaks: moro|coy
Pronunciation: /ˈmɒrəkɔɪ
 
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Definition of morocoy in English:

noun

West Indian
A large tortoise.
  • Genus Geochelone, family Testudinidae: two species
Example sentences
  • However, the game wardens laid several charges against the men, including possession of 25 yellow - headed parrots, 11 Hans macaws, two morocoys, and having caged birds in an undersized cage.
  • There were timid deer and huge morocoys that moved with prehistoric slow motion.
  • Known also as morocoy, the red-legged tortoise is the only non-marine turtle native to the Virgin Islands

Origin

from Spanish morrocoyo 'land tortoise'.

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