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geometric tortoise, noun phrase

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Named for the geometric patterns on its shell.
The land tortoise Psammobates geometricus of the Testudinidae, an endangered species found only in the Western Cape; formerly, any of several related species; sterretjie sense 3; suurpootjie. Also attributive.
[1880 Cassell’s Nat. Hist. IV. 252The Ethiopian region of natural history has the greatest number of species of Tortoises,..the Leopard Tortoise..and the little Geometric Tortoise are familiar examples.]
1992 T. Van Rensburg in S. Afr. Panorama Mar.Apr. 14The grysbuck, the geometric tortoise, the Cape sugar-bird and protea seed-eater are..endemic to the fynbos biome.
The land tortoise Psammobates geometricus of the Testudinidae, an endangered species found only in the Western Cape; formerly, any of several related species; sterretjie3; suurpootjie. Also attributive.

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