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Definition: Land tortoise
, n. [AS. land, lond; akin to D., G., Icel., Sw.,
Dan., and Goth. land. ]
1. The solid part of the surface of the earth; -- opposed to
water as constituting a part of such surface, especially
to oceans and seas; as, to sight land after a long voyage.
They turn their heads to sea, their sterns to land.
2. Any portion, large or small, of the surface of the earth,
considered by itself, or as belonging to an individual or
a people, as a country, estate, farm, or tract.
Go view the land, even Jericho. --Josh. ii. 1.
Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men decay. --Goldsmith.
Note: In the expressions “to be, or dwell, upon land,” “to
go, or fare, on land,”
as used by Chaucer, land
denotes the country as distinguished from the town.
A poor parson dwelling upon land [i.e., in the
3. Ground, in respect to its nature or quality; soil; as, wet
land; good or bad land.
4. The inhabitants of a nation or people.
These answers, in the silent night received,
The king himself divulged, the land believed.
5. The mainland, in distinction from islands.
6. The ground or floor. [Obs.]
Herself upon the land she did prostrate. --Spenser.
7. (Agric.) The ground left unplowed between furrows; any one
of several portions into which a field is divided for
convenience in plowing.
8. (Law) Any ground, soil, or earth whatsoever, as meadows,
pastures, woods, etc., and everything annexed to it,
whether by nature, as trees, water, etc., or by the hand
of man, as buildings, fences, etc.; real estate. --Kent.
9. (Naut.) The lap of the strakes in a clinker-built boat;
the lap of plates in an iron vessel; -- called also
10. In any surface prepared with indentations, perforations,
or grooves, that part of the surface which is not so
treated, as the level part of a millstone between the
furrows, or the surface of the bore of a rifled gun
between the grooves.
, a person employed to sell or let land, to
collect rents, and to attend to other money matters
connected with land.
, a vehicle on wheels propelled by sails.
, a peculiar atmospheric brightness seen from sea
over distant snow-covered land in arctic regions. See Ice blink
. See under Breeze
. See Gunter's chain
(Zo["o]l.), any one of various species of crabs
which live much on the land, and resort to the water
chiefly for the purpose of breeding. They are abundant in
the West Indies and South America. Some of them grow to a
a fish on land; a person quite out of place.
, a military force serving on land, as
distinguished from a naval force.
(Naut.), a sailor's cry in announcing sight of
, a field of ice adhering to the coast, in
distinction from a floe.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of
blood-sucking leeches, which, in moist, tropical regions,
live on land, and are often troublesome to man and beast.
, the system of measurement used in determining
the area of land; also, a table of areas used in such
Land of bondage
or House of bondage
, in Bible history,
Egypt; by extension, a place or condition of special
Land o' cakes
Land of Nod
Land of promise
, in Bible history, Canaan: by extension, a
better country or condition of which one has expectation.
Land of steady habits
, a nickname sometimes given to the
State of Connecticut.
, a government office in which the entries upon,
and sales of, public land are registered, and other
business respecting the public lands is transacted. [U.S.]
(a) The gray pike, or sauger.
(b) The Menobranchus.
, military service as distinguished from naval
(a) The crake or corncrake of Europe. See Crake
(b) An Australian rail (Hypot[ae]nidia Phillipensis
-- called also pectoral rail
, a certificate that the purchase money for a
certain portion of the public land has been paid to the
officer entitled to receive it. [U.S.]
, a swindler of sailors on shore. [Sailors' Cant]
(a) That side of anything in or on the sea, as of an
island or ship, which is turned toward the land.
(b) The side of a plow which is opposite to the moldboard
and which presses against the unplowed land.
(Zo["o]l.), any snail which lives on land, as
distinguished from the aquatic snails are Pulmonifera, and
belong to the Geophila; but the operculated land snails of
warm countries are Di[oe]cia, and belong to the
T[ae]nioglossa. See Geophila
, and Helix
, a descent of cloud and water in a conical form
during the occurrence of a tornado and heavy rainfall on
, a person who acts for another in the
management of land, collection of rents, etc.
, Land turtle
(Zo["o]l.), any tortoise that
habitually lives on dry land, as the box tortoise. See
, a certificate from the Land Office,
authorizing a person to assume ownership of a public land.
. Same as Land breeze
To make land
(Naut.), to sight land.
To set the land
, to see by the compass how the land bears
from the ship.
To shut in the land
, to hide the land, as when fog, or an
intervening island, obstructs the view.
, n. [OE. tortuce, fr. OF. tortis crooked,
fr. L. tortus twisted, crooked, contorted, p. p. of torquere,
tortum, to wind; cf. F. tortue tortoise, LL. tortuca,
tartuca, Pr. tortesa crookedness, tortis crooked. so called
in allusion to its crooked feet. See Torture
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the
Note: The term is applied especially to the land and
fresh-water species, while the marine species are
generally called turtles, but the terms tortoise and
turtle are used synonymously by many writers. See
, and Turtle
2. (Rom. Antiq.) Same as Testudo
, Land tortoise
, etc. See under Box
. (Zo["o]l.) See Painted turtle
. (Zo["o]l.) See Trionyx
. (Zo["o]l.) A small American fresh-water
tortoise (Chelopus guttatus
or Nanemys guttatus
having a blackish carapace on which are scattered round
(Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
small tortoise-shaped beetles. Many of them have a
brilliant metallic luster. The larv[ae] feed upon the
leaves of various plants, and protect themselves beneath a
mass of dried excrement held over the back by means of the
caudal spines. The golden tortoise beetle (Cassida aurichalcea
) is found on the morning-glory vine and
. (Bot.) See Elephant's foot
, the substance of the shell or horny plates
of several species of sea turtles, especially of the
hawkbill turtle. It is used in inlaying and in the
manufacture of various ornamental articles.
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several
species of handsomely colored butterflies of the genus
, as Aglais Milberti
, and Aglais urtic[ae]
both of which, in the larva state, feed upon nettles.
(Zo["o]l.), the hawkbill turtle. See