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[rid-lee] /ˈrɪd li/
noun, plural ridleys.
Also called Atlantic ridley, bastard ridley, bastard turtle. a gray sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America, about 24 inches (61 cm) long, previously thought to be a hybrid of the loggerhead and green turtles: an endangered species.
Also called olive ridley, Pacific ridley. an olive-colored sea turtle, L. olivacea, similar to L. kempii, inhabiting tropical waters of the Indian, Pacific, and South Atlantic oceans: threatened or endangered throughout its range.
Origin of ridley
First recorded in 1940-45; of undetermined orig.


[rid-lee] /ˈrɪd li/
Nicholas, c1500–55, English bishop, reformer, and martyr.
a town in SE Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Ah, one could tell strange stories of the old days," they heard ridley say, as he sank into his chair again.

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
  • ridley and Latimer—for months they have been face to face with death.

    Oxford Frederick Douglas How
  • These ashes were the remains of the fire of October 16th, 1555—the day when ridley and Latimer were burned.

    Oxford Andrew Lang
  • Dr. ridley was dismissed from the see of London, and Bonne introduced.

  • Cranmer, ridley, and Latimer, were taken to Oxford to dispute with a commission of priests and doctors about the mass.

British Dictionary definitions for ridley


Nicholas. ?1500–55, English bishop, who helped to revise the liturgy under Edward VI. He was burnt at the stake for refusing to disavow his Protestant beliefs when Mary I assumed the throne
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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