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leatherback turtle

[leth -er-bak] /ˈlɛð ərˌbæk/
a sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, having the shell embedded in a leathery skin, reaching a length of more than 7 feet (2.1 meter) and a weight of more than 1000 pounds (450 kg): the largest living sea turtle; an endangered species.
Also called leatherback.
Origin of leatherback turtle
First recorded in 1875-80; leather + back1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The leatherback, or Trunk Turtle, is the largest of the sea turtles, sometimes reaching a weight of half a ton.

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British Dictionary definitions for leatherback


a large turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, of warm and tropical seas, having a ridged leathery carapace: family Dermochelidae Also called (in Britain) leathery turtle
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