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green turtle

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noun
  1. a sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, common in tropical and subtropical seas, the flesh of which is used for turtle soup: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.

Origin of green turtle

First recorded in 1650–60
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Examples from the Web for green turtle

Historical Examples

  • They also saw some green-turtle in the sea and one alligator.

    A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland

    William Dampier

  • As I recall, there were only two great passions in your uncle's life—Japanese art and green-turtle soup.

    Lady Larkspur

    Meredith Nicholson

  • In the sea we saw some green-turtle, a pretty many sharks, and abundance of water-snakes of several sorts and sizes.


British Dictionary definitions for green turtle

green turtle

noun
  1. a mainly tropical edible turtle, Chelonia mydas, with greenish flesh used to prepare turtle soup: family Chelonidae
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