Definition of padloper in English:

Share this entry

padloper

Pronunciation: /ˈpatˌlʊəpə/

noun

South African
A small tortoise native to southern Africa, often seen on roads and paths.
  • Genus Homopus, family Testudinidae: several species.
Example sentences
  • The shell of the common padloper is relatively flat and the shields on the carapace are smooth with large areolae.
  • This tiny tortoise has earned its name, padloper - road-walker: it has a habit of taking to the road when it goes for a stroll - oblivious of the fact that by doing so it dices with death.

Origin

Afrikaans, literally 'vagabond', from pad 'path' + loper 'runner'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: pad|loper

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.