One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large tortoise.
Genus Geochelone, family Testudinidae: two species
- ‘Known also as morocoy, the red-legged tortoise is the only non-marine turtle native to the Virgin Islands’
- ‘However, the game wardens laid several charges against the men, including possession of 25 yellow - headed parrots, 11 Hans macaws, two morocoys, and having caged birds in an undersized cage.’
- ‘There were timid deer and huge morocoys that moved with prehistoric slow motion.’
From Spanish morrocoyo ‘land tortoise’.
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