Definition of starred tortoise in English:

starred tortoise


  • Any of several small tortoises (family Testudinidae) having a dark brown or black carapace marked with radiating yellow or orange lines: Geochelone elegans (more fully "Indian starred tortoise"), G. platynota (more fully "Burmese starred tortoise"), and Psammobates tentorius of South Africa.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Griffith (1790–1858), naturalist. Originally after scientific Latin Testudo stellata, former scientific name.