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swayback

[swey-bak]Veterinary Pathology
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noun
  1. an excessive downward curvature of the spinal column in the dorsal region, especially of horses.
adjective
  1. swaybacked.

Origin of swayback

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; sway + back1
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Examples from the Web for sway-back

Historical Examples

  • Some woodworkers give their saws a slight camber, or belly, to correspond with the sway-back.

    Farm Mechanics

    Herbert A. Shearer


British Dictionary definitions for sway-back

sway-back

noun
  1. vet science an abnormal sagging or concavity of the spine in older horses
  2. a paralytic disease of new-born and young lambs caused by demyelination of the central nervous system due to copper deficiency
Derived Formssway-backed, adjective
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