1. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. the fat and fat meat from the upper part of a side of pork, usually cured by salt.
  2. a menhaden.
  3. the bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix.
  4. a mullet.

Origin of fatback

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10; fat + back1
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British Dictionary definitions for fatback


  1. the fat, usually salted, from the upper part of a side of pork
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Word Origin and History for fatback

1903, from fat + back (n.). So called because taken from the back of the animal.

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