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

Examples of Kemp's ridley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The aquarium's Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation — or STAR Center — is caring for the turtles, which are of the green, Kemp's ridley and loggerhead varieties. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2024 Its 66 miles of pristine coastline shelter the rare Kemp's ridley sea turtle and more than 380 bird species, while offering its human visitors ample opportunities for walking, swimming, and birdwatching. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 1 Dec. 2023 While the Kemp's ridley is the most common visitor, green, loggerhead, and leatherback sea turtles also nest along the Texas coast. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 3 May 2023 The last eight turtles, all Kemp's ridley turtles, flew to Georgia, where Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff members met the plane at the Jekyll Island Airport and took the animals to their new home. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 30 Nov. 2022 Conservation efforts have been ongoing in Matagorda Bay for the critically endangered Kemp's ridley. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 22 June 2022 Plotkin identified the baby turtles as Kemp's ridley sea turtles, the smallest and most endangered sea turtles in the world. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 18 June 2022 Bassoon the Kemp's ridley sea turtle is moving a bit easier thanks to an unusual treatment for turtles. Kelli Bender,, 12 Apr. 2022 Smaller numbers of endangered green and Kemp's ridley sea turtles lay eggs in the region as well. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'Kemp's ridley.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Richard M. Kemp flourished1873 American amateur naturalist

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Kemp's ridley was in 1979

Dictionary Entries Near Kemp's ridley

Cite this Entry

“Kemp's ridley.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!