Kemp's ridley

\ ˈkemps- How to pronounce Kemp's ridley (audio) \

Definition of Kemp's ridley

: a small gray sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) with a wide rounded shell that occurs especially in the Gulf of Mexico and along the U.S. Atlantic coast

called also Kemp's ridley turtle

First Known Use of Kemp's ridley

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Kemp's ridley

Richard M. Kemp flourished1873 American amateur naturalist

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“Kemp's ridley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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