olive ridley


: a relatively small sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) that has a uniformly olive-colored carapace and is found along coasts and in the open sea of the tropical parts of the Pacific, Indian, and Atlantic oceans

called also olive ridley turtle

Examples of olive ridley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now the olive ridley is listed as vulnerable. Elizabeth Hightower Allen, Outside Online, 28 Dec. 2021 The olive ridley turtle named Meghan is released to the wild. Margo Pierce, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2015 As our boat cut through water, olive ridley turtles bobbed at the surface and manta rays leapt toward the sky, smacking their wings like a bellyflop gone right. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2023 Thanks to their efforts, the olive ridley and eastern Pacific green sea turtles have made a major comeback, with now over 72 million turtles being born on the beaches that Wildcoast protects. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2023 The endangered olive ridley sea turtle, according to Times Now News, had to have his front left flipper and rear right flipper amputated after sustaining injuries in a fishing net incident. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 5 Nov. 2020 The two species Pheasey tracked, green sea turtles and olive ridley sea turtles, are classified as endangered and vulnerable, respectively. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Oct. 2020 Three species of endangered sea turtles nest on the beaches of Todos Santos from October through March: the olive ridley, black, and critically endangered leatherback. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 30 Jan. 2020 This procedure saved 10 turtles in 2014, including a rare olive ridley called Meghan, the first to receive this new treatment. Margo Pierce, Discover Magazine, 19 Mar. 2015 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of olive ridley was in 1980

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“Olive ridley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20ridley. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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