Adjective "leatherback" definition and examples

(Leatherback may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈlɛðəbak/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A very large black turtle with a thick leathery shell, living chiefly in tropical seas.
  1. 'But scientists have documented a precipitous decline of the Pacific leatherback in the past two decades.'
  2. 'The leatherback turtle has survived for more than a hundred million years, but is now facing extinction.'
  3. 'In the last few minutes I've seen twice as many leatherbacks in the water as were using this beach all last year.'
  4. 'The adult leatherback can reach 4 to 8 feet in length and 500 to 2000 pounds in weight.'
  5. 'What adaptations do leatherback turtles have that could make balloons and grocery bags dangerous to them?'
  6. 'Within the U.S., the leatherback is known to nest in Southeastern Florida, Culebra, Puerto Rico, and St. Croix.'
  7. 'Thousands of leatherbacks nested at Playa Grande 10 years ago but the number has dropped to below 100 in the last five years.'
  8. 'In 1988, a leatherback was found measuring nine feet in length and weighing nearly 2,000 pounds.'
  9. 'Longlines in the Pacific catch 63% of the leatherbacks in the Pacific each year and kill 10%.'
  10. 'Scientists and conservationists called on Pacific countries Friday to step up efforts to protect leatherback turtles that are on the brink of extinction.'

More definitions

1. a sea turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, having the shell embedded in a leathery skin, reaching a length of more than 7 feet (

2.1 meter) and a weight of more than 1000 pounds (450 kg): the largest living sea turtle; an endangered species.

More examples(as adjective)

"turtles can be leatherback."

Origin

(leatherback turtle)