Definition of morocoy in English:

morocoy

noun

West Indian
  • 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.’

Origin

From Spanish morrocoyo ‘land tortoise’.

Pronunciation

morocoy

/ˈmɒrəkɔɪ/