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[sad-l-bak] /ˈsæd lˌbæk/
any of various animals having markings on the back that resemble a saddle, as a male harp seal.
Origin of saddleback
First recorded in 1535-45; saddle + back1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for saddle back
Historical Examples
  • The brake-lining which had been wished on her at saddle back was burnt out.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • He took the mare mule's harness from his horse and put the saddle back on.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • At the end of that day's work Andrew carried the saddle back into the house with a happy heart.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Then he put the blanket and saddle back, taking care to place them on very gently and tighten the girth but lightly.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • Silently he unsaddled, hobbled his pony, and carried his saddle back to the place where he had been lying.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
British Dictionary definitions for saddle back


a marking resembling a saddle on the backs of various animals
a breed of black pig with a white band across its back
a rare bird of New Zealand, Philesturnus carunculatus, having a chestnut-coloured saddle-shaped marking across its back and wings
another name for saddle roof
another name for col (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for saddle back



1540s and thereafter in various senses (of landforms, oysters, etc.), from saddle (n.) + back (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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saddle back in Medicine

saddle back n.
See lordosis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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