rid·​ley | \ ˈrid-lē How to pronounce ridley (audio) \

Definition of ridley

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: either of two sea turtles (genus Lepidochelys of the family Cheloniidae):


biographical name
Rid·​ley | \ ˈrid-lē How to pronounce Ridley (audio) \

Definition of Ridley (Entry 2 of 2)

Nicholas circa 1503–1555 English reformer and martyr

Examples of ridley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Leatherbacks and Atlantic hawksbills roam offshore waters, while loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles frequent near-shore habitats. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 17 Apr. 2020 Recent studies show female Kemp’s ridleys may come back to nest at three-plus-year intervals. USA TODAY, "Pumpkin boat, foie gras ban, library raccoons: News from around our 50 states," 31 Oct. 2019 This problem primarily affects Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the smallest and most endangered of all sea turtles. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why Do ‘Cold-Shocked’ Sea Turtles Keep Washing Up Onto Cape Cod?," 11 Dec. 2019 Kemp’s ridley turtles once veered dangerously close to extinction, their numbers decimated by egg harvesting and commercial fishing nets, which entangled the turtles and caused them to drown. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why Do ‘Cold-Shocked’ Sea Turtles Keep Washing Up Onto Cape Cod?," 11 Dec. 2019 The Fort Myers News-Press reports turtle conservationists have seen seven dead Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and one dead loggerhead at Bonita Beach and Fort Myers Beach. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Red tide bloom makes its way to southwest Florida bays," 18 Oct. 2019 From a distance, the beach scene at Alabama’s Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge looked appealing: blue sky, soft sand and a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "A year’s worth of surprising and poignant nature photos," 8 Sep. 2019 An angler in Georgia recently reeled in a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle off a pier in Tybee Island. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Georgia angler reels in rare Kemp's ridley sea turtle," 19 Sep. 2018 Volunteers from the Sea Turtle Patrol spotted two small parallel footprints with a line in the sand between the footprints, all heading inland from the water meant a mother Kemp’s ridley had nested nearby. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "WATCH: First Kemps ridley sea turtle nests of the 2018 season found," 15 May 2018

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Ridley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridley. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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