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

Definition of ridley

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

Examples of ridley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At two feet in length and a modest 70 to 100 pounds, the Kemp’s ridley is the world’s smallest sea turtle species. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2022 Kemp’s ridley turtles have started washing up dead on Great Britain’s frigid shores, more than 4,000 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, where they’re supposed to be. oregonlive, 27 Dec. 2021 Gulf beaches are nesting grounds for three types of threatened or endangered species of sea turtles: Loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley and green sea turtles. al, 25 June 2021 Alabama’s Gulf beaches are nesting grounds for three types of threatened or endangered species of sea turtles: Loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley and green sea turtles. al, 3 June 2021 Kemp’s ridley turtles live primarily in coastal environments in the Gulf of Mexico. Debra Moore, The Conversation, 13 May 2021 The law’s list of Gulf species harmed by offshore drilling includes Bryde’s and sperm whales, Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles, and elkhorn corals, according to the complaint. Christopher Yasiejko, Bloomberg.com, 21 Oct. 2020 Every year around 17,000 Kemp’s ridley eggs are collected and incubated on Padre Island in Texas. Glenna Gordon, National Geographic, 3 Sep. 2020 Leatherbacks and Atlantic hawksbills roam offshore waters, while loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles frequent near-shore habitats. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of ridley

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ridley

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30 Jun 2022

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“Ridley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridley. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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Ridley biographical name

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

Definition of Ridley

Nicholas circa 1503–1555 English reformer and martyr

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