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green turtle

a sea turtle, Chelonia mydas, common in tropical and subtropical seas, the flesh of which is used for turtle soup: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
Origin of green turtle
1650-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As I recall, there were only two great passions in your uncle's life—Japanese art and green-turtle soup.

    Lady Larkspur Meredith Nicholson
  • They also saw some green-turtle in the sea and one alligator.

  • In the sea we saw some green-turtle, a pretty many sharks, and abundance of water-snakes of several sorts and sizes.

    A Voyage to New Holland William Dampier
British Dictionary definitions for green-turtle

green turtle

a mainly tropical edible turtle, Chelonia mydas, with greenish flesh used to prepare turtle soup: family Chelonidae
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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