Definition of loggerhead in English:
1 (also loggerhead turtle) A reddish-brown turtle with a very large head, occurring chiefly in warm seas.
- Caretta caretta, family Cheloniidae
- The second turtle, a loggerhead turtle, was taken in by aquarium personnel when it was still a hatchling.
- Both the leatherback and loggerhead turtle could face extinction within 10 to 30 years if international fishing practices are not dramatically altered, he added.
- Both the green turtle, which can weigh up to 205 kilograms, and the loggerhead turtle are now classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
2 (also loggerhead shrike) A widespread North American shrike, having mainly grey plumage with a black eyestripe, wings, and tail.
- Lanius ludovicianus, family Laniidae
- We also provided a $10,800 grant to fund the development and initial implementation of a Candidate Conservation Agreement for the Santa Catalina Island fox and the island loggerhead shrike.
- Joshua trees are monicots, grotesquely oversized lilies, with contorted limbs and trunks armored with spikes, which are used skillfully by the loggerhead shrike to impale its prey.
- The young also cross paths with the loggerhead shrike, a bird that impales its prey before eating.
- In violent dispute or disagreement: councillors were at loggerheads with the government over the grant allocation[perhaps a use of loggerhead in the late 17th-century sense 'long-handled iron instrument for heating liquids and tar' (when wielded as a weapon)]More example sentences
- The two men had been at loggerheads over a long-running dispute about devolution.
- The two countries have long been at loggerheads over their maritime boundary, a dispute that centres on the ownership of Mbana Island, in the Gulf of Guinea.
- These North American basketball stars are at loggerheads as their teams prepare for tomorrow's Superbowl clash.
Definition of loggerhead in:
- US English dictionary
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