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testudinate (te-STOOD-in-ayt) adjective, also testudinal or testudinarian

1. Slow-moving, like a turtle.

2. Curved like the carapace (shell) of a turtle; vaulted.

noun

A turtle.

[From Late Latin testudinatus, from Latin testudo (tortoise).]

"President Bill Clinton, that testudinate jogger who would be Our Leader, was soundly thrashed in the off-year elections ..." Robert Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., The Continuing Crisis, American Spectator, Jan 1994.

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A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works. -Bill Vaughan, journalist (1915-1977)

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