Meaning of chelonian in English:


Pronunciation /kɪˈləʊnɪən/

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  • A reptile of the order Testudines (formerly Chelonia ); a turtle, terrapin, or tortoise.

    ‘Most studies of the locomotor performance of reptiles have focused on lizards, with chelonians, especially hatchlings and juveniles, being largely overlooked.’
    • ‘The program she directs is to study the diversity and biology of southern Africa's chelonians (tortoises and turtles).’
    • ‘Among tetrapods, most species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and chelonians are larger at higher latitudes.’
    • ‘The capital, income and mixed reproductive strategies, originally described for birds, have been applied to other organisms including chelonians.’
    • ‘However, some chelonians may depend heavily upon body lipid reserves to complete vitellogenesis and egg production.’


  • Relating to or denoting chelonians.

    ‘Over the last 15 years, the focus of Sal's herp interests has been primarily dedicated to chelonian husbandry.’
    • ‘This drug is perhaps the most commonly used treatment in chelonian medicine.’
    • ‘As a chelonian keeper, Chris has worked with several tortoises, and north American freshwater turtles.’
    • ‘A second drug that is widely utilized in chelonian medicine is Baytril.’
    • ‘In this article the chelonian fauna of the Portezuelo Formation is described.’