green turtle

noun

Definition of green turtle

: a large usually herbivorous sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) of warm waters with a smooth greenish or olive-colored shell

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The world’s largest aquarium is a little quiet this afternoon, with the changing tide limiting visibility to less than 30 feet, and the huge green turtle spotted by Bergman’s first passengers of the day now nowhere to be seen. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "You can now hail an Uber to the Great Barrier Reef," 19 June 2019 Use an underwater camera to capture images of intricate corals and vibrant marine life— from swirling schools of jacks to swimming green turtles. National Geographic, "Bali High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 The study completed Wednesday examined where green turtles live and feed in Keys waters and evaluated green turtles’ general health. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 Data acquired from 26 green turtles included measurements, skin biopsies and bloodwork. USA TODAY, "Retired monkeys, freeze-dried blood, ‘Hidden Figures Way’: News from around our 50 states," 14 June 2019 Every year, about this time, green turtles begin arriving on beaches all across the Persian Gulf. National Geographic, "Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf," 16 June 2018 The paucity of green sea turtles in Texas waters, particularly in the bays, through most of the last century can be seen in the number of cold-stunned or cold-killed green turtles documented during major cold snaps as late as the 1980s. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' green sea turtles exhibit remarkable resiliency," 13 Jan. 2018 But unregulated, wholesale commercial harvest of sea turtles — a cannery was located in Rockport — during the late 1800s and early 1900s devastated the state's green turtle population. Shannon Tompkins, San Antonio Express-News, "After new year’s freeze, rescued turtles returned to Gulf," 7 Jan. 2018 But unregulated, wholesale commercial harvest of sea turtles - a cannery was located in Rockport - during the late 1800s and early 1900s devastated the state's green turtle population. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Marine life, temperature warming back up," 6 Jan. 2018

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1657, in the meaning defined above

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