Definition of Chelonia in English:

Chelonia

plural noun

Zoology
  • former term for Testudines
    • ‘This suggests that turtles, all now classified in the reptile order Chelonia, were originally created in at least two separate basic kinds.’
    • ‘If reincarnated, I will never come back as a marine turtle - certainly not one of the edible varieties, the green turtle Chelonia mydas, for example.’
    • ‘Six extinct genera, as well as the extant genera Caretta and Chelonia, date from the Upper Cretaceous of Europe and North America.’
    • ‘More pages on Chelonia are planned for the near future.’
    • ‘The Norian age was remarkable for the appearance of the Chelonia which seem to have emerged out of nowhere.’

Origin

Modern Latin (plural), from Greek khelōnē ‘tortoise’.

Pronunciation

Chelonia

/kɪˈləʊnɪə/