leatherback turtle

[ leth-er-bak ]
/ ˈlɛð ərˌbæk /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. leather-bottle stomach,
  2. leather-hard,
  3. leather-lunged,
  4. leather-stocking tales,
  5. leatherback,
  6. leatherette,
  7. leatherfish,
  8. leatherhead,
  9. leatherjacket,
  10. leatherleaf

Origin of leatherback turtle

First recorded in 1875–80; leather + back1

Also called leath·er·back.

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British Dictionary definitions for leatherback

leatherback

/ (ˈlɛðəˌbæk) /

noun

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