hawksbill turtle

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noun hawks·bill turtle \ˈhȯks-ˌbil-\
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hawksbill

Definition of hawksbill turtle

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

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First Known Use of hawksbill turtle

1712


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