Definition of "testudo" [tes•tu•do]

  • A Roman siege device consisting of a movable screen protecting the besiegers' approach to a wall. (noun)
  • A cover formed by the overlapping shields of besiegers and held over their heads. (noun)

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Use "testudo" in a sentence
  • "Finally, the derivation of the word testudo itself comes from the Latin word for a protective shelter used for Roman soldiers heads, similar to a tortoise shell."
  • "Interestingly, the word testudo also comes from the Latin word for a protective shelter used for Roman soldiers heads, similar to a tortoise shell, so that could be the answer as well."
  • "Now, Roger makes no mention whatever of "testudo," while Roland says:"