leatherback
noun Date: circa 1855 the largest existing sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) distinguished by its flexible carapace composed of a mosaic of small bones embedded in a thick leathery skin

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  • Leatherback — Leath er*back , n. (Zo[ o]l.) A large sea turtle ({Sphargis coriacea}), having no bony shell on its back. It is common in the warm and temperate parts of the Atlantic, and sometimes weighs over a thousand pounds; called also {leather turtle},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • leatherback — [leth′ərbak΄] n. the only species (Dermochelys coriacea) of a family (Dermochelyidae) of tropical sea turtles, covered with a tough, leathery upper shell: it is the largest living turtle, weighing up to c. 725 kg ( c. 1,600 lb) * * *… …   Universalium

  • leatherback — [leth′ərbak΄] n. the only species (Dermochelys coriacea) of a family (Dermochelyidae) of tropical sea turtles, covered with a tough, leathery upper shell: it is the largest living turtle, weighing up to c. 725 kg ( c. 1,600 lb) …   English World dictionary

  • leatherback — n. leatherback turtle, largest living sea turtle which has a leathery shell and can reach a length of more than 7 feet (found in tropical waters) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • leatherback — noun /ˈlɛ.ðɚ.bæk/ A large sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, with a leathery back …   Wiktionary

  • leatherback — /ˈlɛðəbæk/ (say ledhuhbak) noun → leathery turtle …   Australian English dictionary

  • leatherback — n. a large marine turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, having a thick leathery carapace …   Useful english dictionary

  • Leatherback turtle — Taxobox name = Leatherback Sea Turtle status = CR status system = iucn2.3 image width = 250px regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Sauropsida ordo = Testudines subordo = Cryptodira familia = Dermochelyidae familia authority = Fitzinger,… …   Wikipedia

  • Leatherback sea turtle — For the musical instrument called lute, see Lute. Leatherback sea turtle Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • leatherback turtle — /ledh euhr bak / a sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, having the shell embedded in a leathery skin, reaching a length of more than 7 ft. (2.1 m) and a weight of more than 1000 lb. (450 kg): the largest living sea turtle; an endangered species.… …   Universalium

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