Definition of loggerhead in English:



  • 1A reddish-brown turtle with a very large head, occurring chiefly in warm seas.

    • ‘Attracted by nighttime pool lights, a disoriented female loggerhead turtle finds its way into a residential swimming pool on Siesta Key, Sarasota, Florida.’
    • ‘Both the leatherback and loggerhead turtle could face extinction within 10 to 30 years if international fishing practices are not dramatically altered, he added.’
    • ‘From the beach, we watch a loggerhead turtle swimming calmly through the clear turquoise water.’
    • ‘WWF campaigners say the island is the second most important breeding ground for the loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘The second turtle, a loggerhead turtle, was taken in by aquarium personnel when it was still a hatchling.’
    • ‘Worst off of all of them is Australia's genetically distinct loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘A female loggerhead turtle, the size of a wardrobe, hovered round their heads looking for a place to put down.’
    • ‘My research focus is on the decline and potential extinction of loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles in the Pacific Ocean.’
    • ‘This is a specialized NGO, set up in 1983, with the main task to protect the loggerhead turtle in Greece.’
    • ‘Fisher, a 150-pound loggerhead turtle, was released into the Atlantic Ocean in July of last year after being tagged by a satellite transmitter.’
    • ‘Yet Europe's largest refuge for the rare loggerhead turtle faces its gravest threat: the drunken British tourist.’
    • ‘Here you can see the southern bald eagle and Atlantic loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘I did, however, enjoy an ancient loggerhead turtle festooned with remoras and a hogfish in its distinctive night camouflage.’
    • ‘A loggerhead turtle, which has been carefully nursed back to health in a leading aquarium, yesterday took off for Spain where she may soon find romance.’
    • ‘Both the green turtle, which can weigh up to 205 kilograms, and the loggerhead turtle are now classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.’
    • ‘Animal tracks, such as those of this baby loggerhead turtle, are most easily seen in snow, mud, or sand.’
    • ‘The Atlantic loggerhead turtle is found in the waters off Canada's eastern coast.’
    • ‘She helped protect the endangered loggerhead and green turtles.’
    • ‘The biggest problem is Caretta, a large loggerhead turtle.’
    • ‘Early in the morning Jerry and I penetrated deep into the pre-sun depths and, turning a corner at the stern, came across a loggerhead turtle.’
  • 2A widespread North American shrike, having mainly grey plumage with a black eyestripe, wings, and tail.

    • ‘The butcher-bird is today's loggerhead shrike, found only rarely anywhere in Massachusetts now.’
    • ‘While hiking, canoeing, kayaking, or eating a picnic lunch, watch for Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtles, loggerhead shrikes, pileated woodpeckers, Seminole bats, and spotted salamanders.’
    • ‘We also provided a $10,800 grant to fund the development and initial implementation of a Candidate Conservation Agreement for the Santa Catalina Island fox and the island loggerhead shrike.’
    • ‘The young also cross paths with the loggerhead shrike, a bird that impales its prey before eating.’
    • ‘Joshua trees are monicots, grotesquely oversized lilies, with contorted limbs and trunks armored with spikes, which are used skillfully by the loggerhead shrike to impale its prey.’
  • 3archaic A foolish person.

    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Late 16th century (in loggerhead): from dialect logger block of wood for hobbling a horse + head.