hawksbill

hawksbill turtle

[hawks-bil]
noun
a sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, the shell of which is the source of tortoise shell: an endangered species.
Also called hawksbill, hawkbill, tortoiseshell turtle.


Origin:
1650–60; hawk1 + 's1 + bill2

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hawksbill turtle or hawksbill (ˈhɔːksˌbɪl)
 
n
hawkbill, Also called: tortoiseshell turtle a small tropical turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, with a hooked beaklike mouth: a source of tortoiseshell: family Chelonidae
 
hawksbill or hawksbill
 
n

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