: a genus of marine turtles (family Chelonidae) comprising all the loggerhead turtles or in some classifications solely the common loggerhead (C. caretta)

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from French caret "loggerhead turtle," borrowed from Spanish carey "hawksbill turtle," perhaps of Arawakan origin

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“Caretta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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