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[grey-bak] /ˈgreɪˌbæk/
any of various marine and aquatic animals that are dark gray above and light-colored or white below, as the gray whale, the alewife, certain whitefish, and certain sandpipers.
Informal. a Confederate soldier.
Origin of grayback
First recorded in 1805-15; gray1 + back1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Not a suspicion had yet been excited among my grayback companions.

  • The grayback had evidently found the clothes, and suspected the purpose for which they were concealed.

    The Young Lieutenant

    Oliver Optic
  • And the "grayback" (as the boys termed the rebels) could hear the ominous click of the gun lock in Frank's hands.

    The Drummer Boy John Trowbridge
  • An old stove without a pipe is going and some stinking stuff is burning that nothing short of a grayback can stand.

    Diary of an Enlisted Man Lawrence Van Alstyne
  • "There's life there, grayback," growled my attendant; and the Rebel ordered us to the rear.

  • My air-treading, toe-dancing “grayback” of the morning was gone in the back and legs long before we reached the end.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • It was old “grayback” whose nerves gave way first; he that started the stampede back to light and sunshine.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • grayback” tried to climb up on the tip of a submerged boulder, slipped with all four feet at once and went over sidewise.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • The rasp of his own 'grayback' shirt and the squeak of his boots seemed to bring him to himself.

    Soldier Stories Rudyard Kipling
  • He stepped back to one of the two windows on the front of the house, where he discovered an officer and two “grayback” soldiers.

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