arribada

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noun ar·ri·ba·da \ ˌär-ē-ˈbä-də \

Definition of arribada

plural arribadas
:the synchronized, large-scale nesting of some species of sea turtle (such as the Kemp’s ridley and olive ridley)
  • During an arribada, hundreds of thousands of these 2-foot-long turtles (the smallest [sea turtles] in the world) gather off certain beaches, and over several days, come ashore to dig holes in the sand and lay eggs.
  • —Susan ScottHonolulu Star-Bulletin28 Sept. 2009
  • The arribada appears to be a behavior unique to the genus Lepidochelys, and the arribadas of olive ridleys are considered one of the wonders of the world.
  • —Ann Barkau MeylanNatural HistoryNovember 1986

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Origin and Etymology of arribada

borrowed from Spanish, literally, “landing, arrival,” from arribar “to land, put to shore, arrive” (going back to Vulgar Latin arrīpāre) + -ada, suffix of action and collectivities


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