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skilpad, noun

schilpad, schelpatShow more Also schilpad, schelpat, schoelpat, skelpad, skellpot, skelpot, skilpot.
Afrikaans, DutchShow more Afrikaans, from Dutch schilpad tortoise, turtle (schild shield + pad toad).
a. ?obsolete. A tortoise. Also figurative.
1844 J. Backhouse Narr. of Visit 489Tortoises of various species, are also numerous; their colonial name is Skilpot, which is a corruption of Schildpat, Shield-toad.
1938 F.C. Slater Trek 7Wagon on tented wagon, one by one, Drawn by slow-footed oxen, followed on, Lumbering like giant skilpads, slow and sure, In long procession.
b. combinations
skilpad beetle, see quotation 1916;
skilpadbessie /-besi/, formerly also skildpad-besjie, skildpatbesje, [Afrikaans, bessie (earlier South African Dutch besje) berry], duinebessie;
skilpadblom /-blɔm/ [Afrikaans, blom flower], the plant parasite Hyobanche sanguinea (see aardroos);
skilpadbos /-bɔs/ [Afrikaans, bos bush], any of several species of Dorotheanthus; also called vygie;
skilpadkos /-kɔs/ [Afrikaans, kos food], skilpadblom (see above);
skilpadtrek, formerly also schilpad trick [Afrikaans, trek pull; in earlier quotations this word seems to have been interpreted as English trick feat of dexterity or skill], see quotation 1913; also attributive.
1918 S.H. Skaife Animal Life in S. Afr. 103Many of them (sc. the chrysomelid beetles) closely resemble ladybirds..; others look something like a miniature tortoise and are popularly known as schilpad beetles.
1988 Sunday Times 3 July 22There is to be a national boeresport championships...Whoever emerges as the kennetjie winners, or skilpad-trek winners, will be world champions.
A tortoise. Also figurative.

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