green turtle


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

Examples of green turtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spot curious sea lions and blue-footed boobies on Mosquera, land iguanas on South Plaza Island, and prowling black-tip reef sharks and green turtles off pristine-white beaches. Kerry Spencer, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Dec. 2023 Something identifiable in the air Liam Whitmore is a zoologist and conservationist who studies green turtles. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 16 May 2023 Endangered loggerhead, hawksbill, and green turtles still make their home in the national park. Latria Graham, Travel + Leisure, 19 Jan. 2024 So far this year, staff at the aquarium’s sea turtle hospital have treated 214 total sea turtles, a number that includes 189 Kemp’s ridleys, 19 green turtles and six loggerheads. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Dec. 2023 Steeped in local lore and alternatively known as the Carib Ghost, this wreck site is home to stingrays, green turtles, and lobsters. Carley Rojas Avila, Travel + Leisure, 4 Sep. 2023 Human activity such as poaching, collisions with boats, habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear have led to steep declines in green turtle populations over the last century. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 12 Nov. 2023 In the 1980s, those numbers were even smaller, with just five or 10 green turtle nests in one year, Cohen said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 27 Oct. 2023 Visitors to the Clearwater aquarium watched the light green turtle with a healing shell swim happily with its peers. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1657, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of green turtle was in 1657

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“Green turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

green turtle

: a large usually plant-eating sea turtle with a smooth greenish shell

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