embonpoint & testudinate

embonpoint (ahn-bohn-PWAN), noun:
Plumpness of person; stoutness.

Embonpoint is from French, literally “in good condition” (en, “in” + bon, “good” + point, “situation, condition”).

testudinate (te-STOOD-in-ayt) adjective, also testudinal or testudinarian

1. Slow-moving, like a turtle.

2. Curved like the carapace (shell) of a turtle; vaulted.


A turtle.

[From Late Latin testudinatus, from Latin testudo (tortoise).]

Newt’s embonpoint varies by the season, more in winter than summer, due more to genetics than any testudinate workouts when it’s cold. 🙂

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