- a sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, the shell of which is the source of tortoise shell: an endangered species.
Origin of hawksbill turtle
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- a small tropical turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, with a hooked beaklike mouth: a source of tortoiseshell: family ChelonidaeAlso called: hawkbill, tortoiseshell turtle
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