Tortoise vs Portoise - What's the difference?

tortoise | portoise |


As nouns the difference between tortoise and portoise

is that tortoise is any of various land-dwelling reptiles, of family testudinidae , whose body is enclosed in a shell (carapace plus plastron) the animal can withdraw its head and four legs partially into the shell, providing some protection from predators while portoise is (nautical) the gunwale of a ship.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

tortoise

Noun

(en noun)
  • Any of various land-dwelling reptiles, of family Testudinidae , whose body is enclosed in a shell (carapace plus plastron). The animal can withdraw its head and four legs partially into the shell, providing some protection from predators.
  • Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * tortoise shell, tortoise-shell, pancake tortoise

    See also

    * terrapin * turtle

    Anagrams

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    portoise

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (nautical) The gunwale of a ship.
  • Derived terms

    * a-portoise (Webster 1913)