sea turtle


: any of two families (Cheloniidae and Dermochelyidae) of widely distributed marine turtles that have the feet modified into paddles and that include the green turtle, leatherback, hawksbill, loggerhead, and ridley

Examples of sea turtle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Turtle Hospital Marathon, mile marker 48.5 The Turtle Hospital in the Middle Keys city of Marathon is much more than a place to meet some sea turtles up close and personal. Gwen Filosa, Miami Herald, 6 Feb. 2024 The tropical retreat has stunning white sand beaches and the area surrounding it is teeming with coral reefs and wildlife including endangered sea turtles. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 5 Feb. 2024 According to Oceana, an international organization that researches oceans, these blasts are repeated about 6 times a minute almost all day at oil rigs for weeks at a time, and can kill marine animals like sea turtles and fish. Sunny Nagpaul, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2024 The island is beautiful, with the softest white sand, thick groves of palm trees, more than 150 species of tropical birds, and four types of sea turtles. Meagan Drillinger, Travel + Leisure, 23 Jan. 2024 This season, California officials said six whale entanglements have been confirmed, and a dead Pacific leatherback sea turtle that got snarled in old gear from a previous year was discovered off the Farallon Islands on Nov. 24. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, 11 Jan. 2024 Getty Images/iStockphoto Authorities have also described moose, salmon, snowshoe hares, American pikas, sea turtles, puffins, Alaskan caribou, piping plovers, polar bears and crocodiles as being at risk from climate change. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 29 Nov. 2023 The Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi initiated a large-scale response aimed at preserving sea turtle species that will be impacted by the freezing weather. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 21 Jan. 2024 Attendees will learn about loggerhead sea turtles, leopard sharks, rays and more. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1612, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sea turtle was in 1612

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“Sea turtle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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sea turtle

: any of various large marine turtles (as the green turtle or the loggerhead) that have paddle-shaped feet to aid in swimming

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