One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small tortoise native to southern Africa, often seen on roads and paths.
Genus Homopus, family Testudinidae: several species
- ‘The shell of the common padloper is relatively flat and the shields on the carapace are smooth with large areolae.’
- ‘This tiny tortoise has earned its name, padloper - road-walker: it has a habit of taking to the road when it goes for a stroll - oblivious of the fact that by doing so it dices with death.’
Afrikaans, literally ‘vagabond’, from pad ‘path’ + loper ‘runner’.
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