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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tropical sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) valued as a source of tortoiseshell. Also called tortoiseshell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The tropical marine turtle, Eretmochelys imbricata, that is a source of tortoiseshell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the pawl for the rack, in the striking mechanism of a clock.
  • n. See hawkbill.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as hawk-bill, 1.
  • n. The catch or detent controlling the striking-movement of a clock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pugnacious tropical sea turtle with a hawk-like beak; source of food and the best tortoiseshell


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  • Here are three sorts of sea-turtle, namely hawksbill, loggerhead, and green: but none of them are in any esteem, neither Spaniards nor Portuguese loving them: nay they have a great antipathy against them, and would much rather eat a porpoise, though our English count the green turtle very extraordinary food.

    A Voyage to New Holland

  • The islands are important for two species of sea turtle: green turtle Chelonia mydas (EN) and hawksbill turtle Eretmochelys imbricata (CR) which are common in the surrounding waters, with the former nesting on sandy beaches.

    Galápagos National Park & Galápagos Marine Resources Reserve, Ecuador

  • The mood is one of hope, lambent optimism for the future, and the streets are busy: wares, from hammocks to human hair brushes to hawksbill turtle shells, are being hawked with zest; horse-drawn buggies spindle in and about the cobblestone streets; children are skylarking in the alleys.

    Richard Bangs: Nic' of Time

  • It might be a lace handkerchief, a pink Paumotan pearl, or a comb of hawksbill turtle.


  • He didn't dream any more than the Chink, but coming back he stopped for hawksbill turtle at the very beach where you say the mate of the Flirt was killed.


  • Whales, rare green sea turtles, and hawksbill turtles also ply these aquamarine waters, along with nine species of sea snakes, some lethal.

    Richard Bangs: Bahrain: Once Was Paradise, Part 2

  • Among the 10 species chosen to start the Edge project are the pearl bubble coral (Physogyra lichtensteini), a food source for the hawksbill turtle, and the Mushroom coral (Heliofungia actiniformis) – which supports at least 15 brightly coloured shrimp including the popcorn shrimp (Periclimenes kororensis).

    Conservationists unveil plans to save coral from extinction

  • Santa Cruz groups and to the northwest among the several isolated atolls where his native traders collected copra, hawksbill turtle, and an occasional ton of pearl shell.


  • They are on the spot, and week by week, blown in by monsoon or southeast trade, the schooners come to anchor, cargo'd with copra, ivory nuts, pearl-shell, hawksbill turtle, and thirst.


  • Thanks largely to their pioneering and tireless efforts in these areas, this Park remains a world-class biological jewel where people can still experience a mind-bending diversity of unique ecosystems and species such as the charismatic nene goose, hawksbill sea turtle, and Mauna Loa silversword.

    Robert J. Cabin: The Wildfires in Hawaii Are a Loss for Our World


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