Definition of hawksbill in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈhɔːksbɪl
(also hawksbill turtle)


  • A small tropical sea turtle with hooked jaws and overlapping horny plates on the shell, the traditional source of tortoiseshell.
    • Eretmochelys imbricata, family Cheloniidae
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    • There are two species of sea turtles that mate and nest in the Gulf: the hawksbill and the green turtle, both endangered species.
    • The hawksbill sea turtle population in the Gulf of Thailand is small and in danger of extinction because of illegal fishing and the mammals' limited ability to reproduce.
    • Officers at the center said they cultivate 2 types of baby sea turtles; the lays turtle and the hawksbill turtle.

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