- 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.
Origin of leatherback turtle
Also called leath·er·back.
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Related Words for leatherbacktortoise, slowpoke, chelonian, snapper, terrapin, cooter, leatherback, loggerhead, testudinal
Examples from the Web for leatherback
Contemporary Examples of 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?
October 23, 2013
Historical Examples of leatherback
The Leatherback, or Trunk Turtle, is the largest of the sea turtles, sometimes reaching a weight of half a ton.Pathfinder
- 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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