[dahy-muh nd-bak, dahy-uh-]


bearing diamond-shaped marks, designs, or configurations on the back.


Nearby words

  1. diamond state,
  2. diamond wedding,
  3. diamond willow,
  4. diamond-leaf laurel,
  5. diamond-point spoon,
  6. diamondback moth,
  7. diamondback rattlesnake,
  8. diamondback terrapin,
  9. diamondiferous,
  10. diamorphine

Origin of diamondback

First recorded in 1810–20; diamond + back1

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Examples from the Web for diamondback

  • It was a diamondback rattler, and lay coiled on the rug at my feet.

    Vigorish|Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for diamondback



Also called: diamondback terrapin, diamondback turtle any edible North American terrapin of the genus Malaclemys, esp M. terrapin, occurring in brackish and tidal waters and having diamond-shaped markings on the shell: family Emydidae
a large North American rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus, having cream-and-grey diamond-shaped markings
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