Definition of leatherback in English:

leatherback

Line breaks: lea¦ther|back
Pronunciation: /ˈlɛðəbak
 
/
(also leatherback turtle)

noun

A very large black turtle with a thick leathery shell, living chiefly in tropical seas.
  • Dermochelys coriacea, the only member of the family Dermochelyidae
More example sentences
  • In 1988, a leatherback was found measuring nine feet in length and weighing nearly 2,000 pounds.
  • Scientists estimate in about ten years all leatherback turtles in the Pacific Ocean may be gone.
  • The most distinguishing morphological characteristics of leatherbacks are their large size and dark color.

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