hawksbill turtle

hawks·​bill turtle | \ ˈhȯks-ˌbil- How to pronounce hawksbill turtle (audio) \
variants: or hawksbill

Definition of hawksbill turtle

: a small- to medium-sized sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) of warm waters that has a narrow hawk-like beak, an upper shell of overlapping horny plates, and usually two claws on each forelimb

Note: The hawksbill turtle feeds chiefly on sponges. Its mottled brownish upper shell was used especially formerly to produce tortoiseshell.

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Previous studies on hawksbill turtles already have helped Omani and Emirati officials begin rethinking boundaries of some marine protected areas. National Geographic, "Searching for Elusive Green Sea Turtles in the Persian Gulf," 16 June 2018 Open to people only from September to May, the island is the summer nesting site for migratory birds flying thousands of miles from the west coast of Africa and hawksbill turtles who lay their eggs on the unruffled sand. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Best Caribbean islands for nature lovers," 9 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hawksbill turtle

1712, in the meaning defined above

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