"broască țestoasă"


December 4, 2016



"a frog with a shell", how cute hahaha

December 4, 2016


I love it. In Dutch, it's schildpad, which is literally "shield toad".

December 19, 2016


It's the same in Swedish: Sköldpadda.

January 12, 2017


In German, too. It's "Schildkröte". :) Looks like some Germanic languages (not English, though ^^) and Romanian have that in common.

January 19, 2017


Ooh, I didn’t know that and I’m studying Dutch. I knew that schild means shield, but didn’t know that pad means frog. Thank you.

December 24, 2016


In Norwegian, it's 'skilpadde.'

December 30, 2017


In Hungarian even more funny - Teknősök sounds almost like Technoshock

July 17, 2017


testoasa comes from Latin " testudo" meaning turtle and turtle shell. It was also the name of the famous Roman military formation where all the legionaries put their shields on their heads ( except those in front and on the sides) to protect themselves from enemy arrows etc. In French it is called LA TORTUE, Spanish Tortuga. If I remember well, in English you also have the term " Tortoise" ? Don't you use it anymore ? Broasca must be Slavish ?

May 27, 2017


Hey! Not sure about elsewhere, but here in the UK we use tortoise for the land dwelling ones, and turtle for the water dwelling ones, so both are used quite often

September 23, 2017


I’m Serbian and I couldn’t think of anything Slavic that sounds like “broasca”. According to Wiktionary it comes from Vulgar Latin “brosca” which in turn comes from Ancient Greek “βρόταχος”, which means frog.

Edit: Oh, as for “turtle”, it’s much more common that “tortoise” in American English. See here.

May 29, 2017


I thought turtle is the one that lives in water, and tortoise - on land. Is it wrong?

January 2, 2018


Thanks a lot. My Latin is the classical one. I did not think about the popular one. Thanks also for the Greek Brotaxos which I never knew !I can still read it but understand maybe 5% only. As to tortoise vs turtle, my English is more British than American but I knew both words. Thanks for the link.

May 29, 2017


Wow a Classics graduate. Impressive! Have Lingot'd your original post, even though it is a year old, it doesn't matter.

October 24, 2018


Is a hyphen used in this word (broască-țestoasă)?

September 7, 2017



September 20, 2017
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