log·​ger·​head | \ ˈlȯ-gər-ˌhed How to pronounce loggerhead (audio) , ˈlä- \

Definition of loggerhead

1 chiefly dialectal
a : blockhead
b : head especially : a disproportionately large head
2a : a very large chiefly carnivorous sea turtle (Caretta caretta) of subtropical and temperate waters
3 : an iron tool consisting of a long handle terminating in a ball or bulb that is heated and used to melt tar or to heat liquids
at loggerheads
: in or into a state of quarrelsome disagreement

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Examples of loggerhead in a Sentence

that loggerhead couldn't find the business end of a cow even if his life depended on it
Recent Examples on the Web The loggerhead sea turtles of Florida’s Space Coast are on track to set higher records for nests. Fox News, 22 July 2022 The 15 loggerhead sea turtles and two green sea turtles were released back into the wild after months of rehabilitation at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center in central Israel. Oded Balilty, ajc, 8 July 2022 During the summer months, endangered sperm whales, bottlenose dolphins and threatened loggerhead sea turtles have been spotted in the canyon. Anna Phillips, Anchorage Daily News, 8 June 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 Farren Dell, an assistant naturalist at Gulf State Park, said the saga began on Monday, Oct. 4, when a fisherman on the pier first hooked the loggerhead. al, 14 Oct. 2021 The adult female loggerhead turtles were released into the surf Friday on the beach at Jekyll Island. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 There were 3,950 loggerhead turtle nests in Georgia in 2019. Gabe Andrews, Scientific American, 31 Jan. 2022 Have faith When this old world starts getting you down, think of Sapphire the half-blind and partially paralyzed loggerhead sea turtle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of loggerhead

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for loggerhead

probably from English dialect logger block of wood + English head

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“Loggerhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loggerhead. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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log·​ger·​head | \ ˈlȯ-gər-ˌhed How to pronounce loggerhead (audio) , ˈlä- \

Kids Definition of loggerhead

: a very large sea turtle found in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean

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