Green turtle

Definition of Green turtle

(Zool.) an edible marine turtle. See Turtle.
(Zool.) a marine turtle of the genus Chelonia, having usually a smooth greenish or olive-colored shell. It is highly valued for the delicacy of its flesh, which is used especially for turtle soup. Two distinct species or varieties are known; one of which (Chelonia Midas) inhabits the warm part of the Atlantic Ocean, and sometimes weighs eight hundred pounds or more; the other (Chelonia virgata) inhabits the Pacific Ocean. Both species are similar in habits and feed principally on seaweed and other marine plants, especially the turtle grass.

See also: Green Turtle

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Chelonia, Chelonia mydas, genus Chelonia, marine turtle, sea turtle
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