Definition of ridley in English:

ridley

Line breaks: rid¦ley
Pronunciation: /ˈrɪdli
 
/
(also ridley turtle)

noun (plural ridleys)

  • A small turtle of tropical seas.
    • Genus Lepidochelys, family Cheloniidae: Kemp’s ridley (L. kempi) of the Atlantic, and the larger olive ridley (L. olivacea) of the Pacific
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    • In the last five years, nests also have been documented for the rare Kemp's ridley and leatherback sea turtles.
    • Like all species of sea turtle, the Kemp's ridley possesses temperature-dependent sex determination which has the potential of producing biased sex ratios.
    • Among sea turtles, Kemp's ridleys hide their nests the best.

Origin

late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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