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 for tortoise plant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tortoise \Tor"toise\, n. [OE. tortuce, fr. OF. tortis crooked,
     fr. L. tortus twisted, crooked, contorted, p. p. of torquere,
     tortum, to wind; cf. F. tortue tortoise, LL. tortuca,
     tartuca, Pr. tortesa crookedness, tortis crooked. so called
     in allusion to its crooked feet. See Torture.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of reptiles of the
        order Testudinata.
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     Note: The term is applied especially to the land and
           fresh-water species, while the marine species are
           generally called turtles, but the terms tortoise and
           turtle are used synonymously by many writers. See
           Testudinata, Terrapin, and Turtle.
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     2. (Rom. Antiq.) Same as Testudo, 2.
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     Box tortoise, Land tortoise, etc. See under Box,
        Land, etc.
     Painted tortoise. (Zool.) See Painted turtle, under
     Soft-shell tortoise. (Zool.) See Trionyx.
     Spotted tortoise. (Zool.) A small American fresh-water
        tortoise ({Chelopus guttatus or Nanemys guttatus)
        having a blackish carapace on which are scattered round
        yellow spots.
     Tortoise beetle (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
        small tortoise-shaped beetles. Many of them have a
        brilliant metallic luster. The larvae feed upon the leaves
        of various plants, and protect themselves beneath a mass
        of dried excrement held over the back by means of the
        caudal spines. The golden tortoise beetle ({Cassida
        aurichalcea) is found on the morning-glory vine and
        allied plants.
     Tortoise plant. (Bot.) See Elephant's foot, under
     Tortoise shell, the substance of the shell or horny plates
        of several species of sea turtles, especially of the
        hawkbill turtle. It is used in inlaying and in the
        manufacture of various ornamental articles.
     Tortoise-shell butterfly (Zool.), any one of several
        species of handsomely colored butterflies of the genus
        Aglais, as Aglais Milberti, and Aglais urticae, both
        of which, in the larva state, feed upon nettles.
     Tortoise-shell turtle (Zool.), the hawkbill turtle. See
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Elephant \El"e*phant\ ([e^]l"[-e]*fant), n. [OE. elefaunt,
     olifant, OF. olifant, F. ['e]l['e]phant, L. elephantus,
     elephas, -antis, fr. Gr. 'ele`fas, 'ele`fantos; of unknown
     origin; perh. fr. Skr. ibha, with the Semitic article al, el,
     prefixed, or fr. Semitic Aleph hindi Indian bull; or cf.
     Goth. ulbandus camel, AS. olfend.]
     1. (Zo["o]l.) A mammal of the order Proboscidia and family
        Elephantidae, of which two living species, Elephas
        maximus (formerly Elephas Indicus) and Loxodonta
        Africana (formerly E. Africanus), and several fossil
        species, are known. They have five toes, a long proboscis
        or trunk, and two large ivory tusks proceeding from the
        extremity of the upper jaw, and curving upwards. The molar
        teeth are large and have transverse folds. Elephants are
        the largest land animals now existing. The elephant is
        classed as a pachyderm.
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     2. Ivory; the tusk of the elephant. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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     Elephant apple (Bot.), an East Indian fruit with a rough,
        hard rind, and edible pulp, borne by Feronia elephantum,
        a large tree related to the orange.
     Elephant bed (Geol.), at Brighton, England, abounding in
        fossil remains of elephants. --Mantell.
     Elephant beetle (Zo["o]l.), any very large beetle of the
        genus Goliathus (esp. G. giganteus), of the family
        Scarab[ae]id[ae]. They inhabit West Africa.
     Elephant fish (Zo["o]l.), a chim[ae]roid fish
        ({Callorhynchus antarcticus), with a proboscis-like
        projection of the snout.
     Elephant paper, paper of large size, 23 [times] 28 inches.
     Double elephant paper, paper measuring 263/4 [times] 40
        inches. See Note under Paper.
     Elephant seal (Zo["o]l.), an African jumping shrew
        ({Macroscelides typicus), having a long nose like a
     Elephant's ear (Bot.), a name given to certain species of
        the genus Begonia, which have immense one-sided leaves.
     Elephant's foot (Bot.)
        (a) A South African plant ({Testudinaria Elephantipes),
            which has a massive rootstock covered with a kind of
            bark cracked with deep fissures; -- called also
            tortoise plant. The interior part is barely edible,
            whence the plant is also called Hottentot's bread.
        (b) A genus ({Elephantopus) of coarse, composite weeds.
     Elephant's tusk (Zo["o]l.), the tooth shell. See
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tortoise plant
      n 1: South African vine having a massive rootstock covered with
           deeply fissured bark [syn: elephant's-foot, tortoise
           plant, Hottentot bread vine, Hottentot's bread vine,
           Dioscorea elephantipes]

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