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

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Switzerland and the European Union have extremely close ties, but have for years been at loggerheads over a broad deal to replace the more than 100 bilateral agreements that currently define their relationship. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Swiss stock ban shows the 'no deal' Brexit havoc facing Britain," 1 July 2019 An average nesting season for loggerhead turtles on Edisto Beach sees about 80 nests, making this season a banner year already. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Watch this Mama Sea Turtle Lay Her Eggs on a South Carolina Beach," 27 June 2019 The 170-pound loggerhead turtle lies at the bottom of his tub and waits for the perfect moment to pop his head out of the water, wave his fins and splash the dozens of onlookers. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: Turtle tours at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach," 26 June 2019 Six weeks after Allen and Jensen published their results, another study from Florida looking at loggerheads revealed that temperature is just one factor. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Sea turtles are being born mostly female due to warming—will they survive?," 4 Apr. 2019 China, meanwhile, is at loggerheads with the U.S. over Mr. Trump’s plan to increase tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports to 25% on Jan. 1 from the current 10%. Wsj Staff, WSJ, "China, Japan Push for Free Trade as Both Grapple With Trump Demands," 26 Oct. 2018 For their study, FSU researchers headed to the 10 most productive loggerhead nesting sites on beaches along the Panhandle's Gulf Coast. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Florida sea turtles face a new threat from microplastics: hotter sand | Miami Herald," 2 May 2018 Mytle Beach, South Carolina Female loggerhead turtles lay their eggs on the South Carolina coast each year between May and August. Michael S. Nolan, National Geographic, "Stay and Play," 12 June 2019 President Trump and Democrats are at loggerheads over government spending for a barrier on the U.S. border with Mexico. WSJ, "Shutdown Poses Risk to Health Care," 23 Jan. 2019

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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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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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