Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The caret, or hawk-billed sea-turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata. It is from this turtle that tortoise-shell is obtained, Also called hawk's-bill. See cut under Eretmochelys.
- n. A pair of pliers with curved nose, used to hold pieces in soldering them with a blowpipe.
- n. alternative spelling of hawksbill.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), which yields the best quality of tortoise shell; -- called also
- n. pugnacious tropical sea turtle with a hawk-like beak; source of food and the best tortoiseshell
“And we traded and salved wherever a dollar promised in the way of pearl and pearl shell, copra, beche-de-mer, hawkbill turtle shell, and stranded wrecks.”
“They are shipwrecked thrice, in the Gilberts, the Santa Cruz Group and the Fijis, trade pearl and pearl-shell, hawkbill turtle-shell, stranded wrecks, and bêche-de-mer.”
“And we traded and salved wherever a dollar promised in the way of pearl and pearl shell, copra, beche de mer, hawkbill turtle shell, and stranded wrecks.”
“And we traded and salved wherever a dollar promised in the way of pearl and pearl shell, copra, bêche de mer, hawkbill turtle shell, and stranded wrecks.”
“We had heard that he had quite a considerable quantity of hawkbill turtle shell and some coco-nut oil to sell, and came to ascertain the truth of the report before we were anticipated by some German or”
“Then, besides the pearl-shell I bought nearly five hundredweight of splendid hawkbill turtle-shell, giving but two or three sticks of tobacco for an entire carapace of thirteen plates weighing between two and three pounds, and, as you know, hawkbill shell is worth eight dollars a pound in Hongkong, and much more in London or Hamburg. ”
“Then," he went on, "this fellow Rul said that although he and the other natives on board were quite willing to go anywhere with me, _he_ knew of a place only two days 'sail away to the eastward where there was not only plenty of black-edge pearl-shell, but hawkbill turtle-shell as well.”
“They have a live hawkbill turtle in their room -- quite a large one, for I could scarcely move it -- and have painted its back in five or six colours.”
“They are the leatherback (world's largest, at 6 to 7 'long and 400-500 kilos, the hawkbill, the green turtle (most common to see tonight), and a couple others I have already forgotten.”
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