One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A reptile of the order "Testudines" (formerly "Chelonia"); a turtle, terrapin, or tortoise.
- ‘The capital, income and mixed reproductive strategies, originally described for birds, have been applied to other organisms including chelonians.’
- ‘Most studies of the locomotor performance of reptiles have focused on lizards, with chelonians, especially hatchlings and juveniles, being largely overlooked.’
- ‘The program she directs is to study the diversity and biology of southern Africa's chelonians (tortoises and turtles).’
- ‘Among tetrapods, most species of mammals, birds, amphibians, and chelonians are larger at higher latitudes.’
- ‘However, some chelonians may depend heavily upon body lipid reserves to complete vitellogenesis and egg production.’
Relating to or denoting chelonians.
- ‘A second drug that is widely utilized in chelonian medicine is Baytril.’
- ‘As a chelonian keeper, Chris has worked with several tortoises, and north American freshwater turtles.’
- ‘This drug is perhaps the most commonly used treatment in chelonian medicine.’
- ‘Over the last 15 years, the focus of Sal's herp interests has been primarily dedicated to chelonian husbandry.’
- ‘In this article the chelonian fauna of the Portezuelo Formation is described.’
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