leath·​er·​back | \ ˈle-t͟hər-ˌbak How to pronounce leatherback (audio) \

Definition of leatherback

: the largest existing sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) distinguished by its flexible carapace composed of a mosaic of small bones embedded in a thick leathery skin

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Recent Examples on the Web Indian River County, just south of Brevard, has documented 365 loggerhead nests, seven leatherback nests and also has yet to see its first green turtle nest. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 19 May 2021 Loggerhead, leatherback and green sea turtles are losing their habitat all over the world and are choosing the state to lay their eggs, Sherwood said. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 14 May 2021 The fight is taking place over beaches used for thousands of years by female loggerhead, green and leatherback turtles. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, 8 May 2021 There are just seven species of sea turtles and Maisy is a hybrid of two of them, but the largest of them all is the leatherback. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 June 2020 In addition to loggerheads, Florida hosts green and leatherback turtle nesting. Jesse Scott, National Geographic, 22 Oct. 2020 Because of new rules established this month, the state has the authority to close certain fishing areas when there is evidence of a certain number of humpback whales, blue whales or Pacific leatherback sea turtles in crab fishing areas. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, 24 Nov. 2020 The delay was triggered by new rules established Nov. 1 giving the state the authority to close certain fishing areas when there is evidence of a certain number of humpback whales, blue whales or Pacific leatherback sea turtles in the area. Tara Duggan, SFChronicle.com, 4 Nov. 2020 At the Archie Carr National Wildlife Preserve in Brevard County, the UCF Marine Turtle Research Group has observed 12,968 loggerhead, 8,102 green, and 40 leatherback nests. Jesse Scott, National Geographic, 22 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of leatherback

circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Leatherback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leatherback. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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