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hawksbill turtle

[ hawks-bil ]
/ ˈhɔksˌbɪl /
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noun

a sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, the shell of which is the source of tortoise shell: an endangered species.

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Also called hawksbill, hawkbill, tortoiseshell turtle.

Origin of hawksbill turtle

First recorded in 1650–60; hawk1 + 's1 + bill2
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British Dictionary definitions for hawksbill turtle

hawksbill turtle

hawksbill

/ (ˈhɔːksˌbɪl) /

noun

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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