Definition of green turtle in English:

green turtle


  • A sea turtle with an olive-brown shell, often living close to the coast and extensively hunted for food.

    Chelonia mydas, family Cheloniidae

    • ‘Beaches in sections of Florida's highly developed coastline are nesting ground for rare loggerhead, leatherback and green turtles.’
    • ‘Unlike many other species of turtles, green turtles are unable to retract their head into their shell.’
    • ‘Large numbers of green turtles were harvested throughout the Hawaiian Islands through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.’
    • ‘The green turtle is primarily a tropical herbivorous species and feeds on sea grasses and algae.’
    • ‘Eight of the 10 beaches are used by hawksbill turtles and one by green turtles.’