[ 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 leath·er·back.
Words nearby leatherback turtle
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Example sentences from the Web for leatherback
Leatherback turtles, opah, and large numbers of ocean sunfish have been reported off Washington.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?|Kevin Bailey|October 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Leatherback, or Trunk Turtle, is the largest of the sea turtles, sometimes reaching a weight of half a ton.Pathfinder|Alan Douglas
British Dictionary definitions for leatherback
/ (ˈlɛðəˌbæk) /
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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