loggerhead

noun
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 In 2014 through 2016, some loggerhead turtles appeared in San Diego, California. ABC News, 6 June 2021 Dodd said a September 2009 trial run at dredging outside the seasonal windows in Georgia was quickly scrapped after dredges killed six loggerhead turtles in Brunswick and Savannah within 15 days of dredging. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 Dodd said a September 2009 trial run at dredging outside the seasonal windows in Georgia was quickly scrapped after dredges killed six loggerhead turtles in Brunswick and Savannah within 15 days of dredging. Russ Bynum, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 Dodd said a September 2009 trial run at dredging outside the seasonal windows in Georgia was quickly scrapped after dredges killed six loggerhead turtles in Brunswick and Savannah within 15 days of dredging. Fox News, 21 May 2021 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 In the early hours of Wednesday, May 12, a disoriented 400-pound female loggerhead sea turtle was struck and killed by vehicles while trying to nest just south of Paradise Beach in Brevard County. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 Up to 40% of loggerhead turtle nests in the world are laid in Florida, according to the FWC. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 14 May 2021 The cable in question had, during the past year, been so frequently injured or broken, that a careful examination [showed] that the damage was to be ascribed to the loggerhead turtles, which are abundant in those waters. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, 10 May 2021

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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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The first known use of loggerhead was in 1588

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19 Jun 2021

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“Loggerhead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loggerhead. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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loggerhead

noun
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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