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[ rid-lee ]
/ ˈrɪd li /

noun, plural rid·leys.

Also called Atlantic ridley, bastard ridley, bastard turtle. a gray sea turtle, Lepidochelys kempii, of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of North America, about 24 inches (61 cm) long, previously thought to be a hybrid of the loggerhead and green turtles: an endangered species.
Also called olive ridley, Pacific ridley. an olive-colored sea turtle, L. olivacea, similar to L. kempii, inhabiting tropical waters of the Indian, Pacific, and South Atlantic oceans: threatened or endangered throughout its range.



Nearby words

riding habit, riding lamp, riding master, riding sail, riding school, ridley, ridley, nicholas, ridotto, rie, riebeckite, riedel's lobe

Origin of ridley

First recorded in 1940–45; of undetermined orig.

Definition for ridley (2 of 2)


[ rid-lee ]
/ ˈrɪd li /


Nicholas,c1500–55, English bishop, reformer, and martyr.
a town in SE Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˈrɪdlɪ) /


Nicholas . ?1500–55, English bishop, who helped to revise the liturgy under Edward VI. He was burnt at the stake for refusing to disavow his Protestant beliefs when Mary I assumed the throne
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