Definition of ridley in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈridlē/
(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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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Syllabification: rid·ley

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