I'm having trouble finding a word which fits. I did a google search for testudineousness and testudinateness, but sadly had no hits.


It sounds like you have tried to apply the same rule as seen in words like "bovine", "feline", etc, but with the latin for the tortoise family, which is "testudo". I'd expect the word generated from this process to be "testudine", not the words you list.

This does appear to exist as a word: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Testudine

Strictly speaking this means "of the order Testudo", but, like "feline" or "bovine", and many other similar examples, the meaning could cross over into an adjective used to describe characteristics of other things (eg people).

So, if you were jogging with someone, and you were much faster than them, you could say "Your testudine pace is way too slow for me!". Whether they would know what you were talking about is a different matter.

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    But OP appears to be seeking a noun--presumably testudinity. – StoneyB on hiatus May 13 '16 at 10:49
  • StoneyB is indeed correct, a noun for either "the state of being testudine" or "the extent to which one is testudine" is what I'm looking for. 'Testudinity' is appealing, but I contend that 'testudine' means what Max Williams claims it does - the link provided only mentions the 'order Testudines', and oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/testudines this also suggests that it's simply the name of the family (or a member of said family, in the case that it is used in the singular). – frugs May 13 '16 at 10:57
  • @StoneyB in that case i would look to see what the equivalent for more well-known examples (like feline) is, which is "felinity", so i think "testudinity" is a good choice. – Max Williams May 13 '16 at 10:58
  • Ah sorry, looks like I completely missed the third paragraph somehow. – frugs May 13 '16 at 11:04
  • @frugs regarding the definition: it's possible that the word "testudine", meaning "tortoise-like" hasn't been used enough (if at all) to make it into the dictionary. However, it is still the right word for its meaning: you could legitimately start using it and if anyone asks, you could explain, saying "it's like feline, you know, but for tortoises rather than cats". – Max Williams May 13 '16 at 11:04

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