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gopher tortoise

noun
1.
any North American burrowing tortoise of the genus Gopherus, especially G. polyphemus, of the southeastern U.S.: several species are now reduced in number.
Also called gopher turtle, gopher.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; see gopher1
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