hawksbill turtle

a sea turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, the shell of which is the source of tortoise shell: an endangered species.
Also called hawksbill, hawkbill, tortoiseshell turtle.

1650–60; hawk1 + 's1 + bill2

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hawksbill turtle or hawksbill (ˈhɔːksˌbɪl)
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

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