pacific ridley

ridley

[rid-lee]
noun, plural ridleys.
1.
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.
2.
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.

Origin:
1940–45; of undetermined orig.

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Ridley (ˈrɪdlɪ)
 
n
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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