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 In Pensacola, the first leatherback turtles hatched in over two decades. Rebekah Castor, Fox News, 20 Aug. 2022 As of May 22, Indian River County tallied 55 leatherback nests, 569 loggerhead nests and one green turtle nest. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 30 May 2022 The other population, called the Eastern Pacific leatherback sea turtle, nests from Baja Mexico to Costa Rica. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 The big draw of Grande Riviere is the chance to see leatherback turtles waddling along the shoreline. Keishel Williams, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 The leatherback turtle can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds and survives almost entirely on jellyfish. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Jan. 2022 Biologists were taken by surprise by a record number of leatherback turtle nests found along some South Florida beaches this year. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 Pongara National Park has beautiful untouched beaches where leatherback turtles lay their eggs between November and March, while dolphins and humpback whales can be spotted in the dry season between July and October. CNN, 1 Jan. 2022 There have been no recent sightings of leatherback sea turtles. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of leatherback

circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leatherback was circa 1855

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“Leatherback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leatherback. Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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