Pronunciation: (te-stOO'dō, -styOO'-), [key]
—pl. tes•tu•di•nesPronunciation: (te-stOOd'n-ēz", -styOOd'-). [key]
1. (among the ancient Romans) a movable shelter with a strong and usually fireproof arched roof, used for protection of soldiers in siege operations.
2. a shelter formed by overlapping oblong shields, held by soldiers above their heads.
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