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loggerhead

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noun log·ger·head \ˈlȯ-gər-ˌhed, ˈlä-\

Definition of loggerhead

  1. 1 chiefly dialect a :  blockhead b :  head; especially :  a disproportionately large head

  2. 2 a :  a very large chiefly carnivorous sea turtle (Caretta caretta) of subtropical and temperate waters b :  alligator snapping turtle

  3. 3 :  an iron tool consisting of a long handle terminating in a ball or bulb that is heated and used to melt tar or to heat liquids

at loggerheads
  1. :  in or into a state of quarrelsome disagreement



Examples of loggerhead

  1. <that loggerhead couldn't find the business end of a cow even if his life depended on it>



Illustration of loggerhead

Origin of loggerhead

probably from English dialect logger block of wood + English head


First Known Use: 1588



LOGGERHEAD Defined for Kids

loggerhead

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noun log·ger·head \ˈlȯ-gər-ˌhed, ˈlä-\

Definition of loggerhead

  1. :  a very large sea turtle found in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean





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