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 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 Recent studies show female Kemp’s ridleys may come back to nest at three-plus-year intervals. USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2019 This problem primarily affects Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, the smallest and most endangered of all sea turtles. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 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, 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of ridley


1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ridley


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“Ridley.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ridley. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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