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leatherback turtle

[leth-er-bak]
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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of leatherback turtle

First recorded in 1875–80; leather + back1
Also called leath·er·back.
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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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leatherback

noun
  1. 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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