turtle n

OE turtla, turtle-dove; or Fr. tortue, tortoise.

  1. Turtle-dove; turtle pigeon; Columba Turtur; wild species of bird known for its tender plaintive notes; gallinaceous fowl frequently found in the thickest parts of the woods; symbol of love, devotion, affection, tenderness, romantic fidelity; (see Song of Solomon 2:12).
  2. Tortoise; four-footed slow-moving amphibian that carries a protective shell on its back.