green turtle


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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Recent Examples on the Web On a Texas beach, a dead green turtle was found with a disposable cup stuck to a flipper, preventing it from swimming properly. Tristan Baurick,, "Gulf's plastic trash killing large numbers of endangered sea turtles, manatees, study finds," 19 Nov. 2020 The team received tracking data for five other decoys, three of which had been hidden in olive ridley nests and two of which had been concealed in green turtle nests. Lucy Hicks, Science | AAAS, "Endangered baby sea turtles may have a new savior: GPS eggs," 5 Oct. 2020 For years, researchers in Australia have struggled to accurately count thousands of green sea turtles that come to Raine Island, the largest green turtle rookery in the world. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Drone Footage Shows Thousands of Nesting Sea Turtles," 15 June 2020 The green turtle starts is life cycle as an egg on the beach. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Watch Over 60,000 Sea Turtles Swim Near the Great Barrier Reef In This Stunning Drone Footage," 11 June 2020 But one Gage & Tollner dish that will not be offered is green turtle soup. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Found in the Attic at Gage & Tollner: Historic Treasure," 6 Mar. 2020 There are three species of sea turtles that nest on South Florida beaches: green turtles, leatherbacks and loggerheads, with the latter being the most common in the region. Johnny Diaz,, "Baby sea turtle found dead in South Florida had 104 pieces of plastic in its body," 4 Oct. 2019 Near Pilcher’s feet a half dozen green turtles lounge. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Sea turtles are surviving—despite us," 20 Sep. 2019 Ten of the 12 are green turtles, along with one loggerhead and one endangered Kemp’s Ridley turtle. USA TODAY, "Ollie the camel, cactus-juice walls, Can-Am Crown: News from around our 50 states," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of green turtle

1657, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2020

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“Green turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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