Definitions

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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Examples

  • 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.

    BY THE TURTLES OF TASMAN

  • 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.

    THE PROUD GOAT OFALOYSIUS PANKBURN

  • 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.

    A LITTLE ACCOUNTWITH SWITHIN HALL

  • 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.

    A GOBOTO NIGHT

  • 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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