leatherback

leatherback turtle

[leth-er-bak]
noun
a sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, having the shell embedded in a leathery skin, reaching a length of more than 7 feet (2.1 meter) and a weight of more than 1000 pounds (450 kg): the largest living sea turtle; an endangered species.
Also called leatherback.


Origin:
1875–80; leather + back1

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leatherback (ˈlɛðəˌbæk)
 
n
Also called (in Britain): leathery turtle a large turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, of warm and tropical seas, having a ridged leathery carapace: family Dermochelidae

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