humpback

[huhmp-bak]

Origin of humpback

First recorded in 1690–1700; apparently back formation from humpbacked
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British Dictionary definitions for humpback

humpback

noun
  1. another word for hunchback
  2. Also called: humpback whale a large whalebone whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, closely related and similar to the rorquals but with a humped back and long flippers: family Balaenopteridae
  3. a Pacific salmon, Oncorhynchus gorbuscha, the male of which has a humped back and hooked jaws
  4. Also called: humpback bridge British a road bridge having a sharp incline and decline and usually a narrow roadway
Derived Formshumpbacked, adjective

Word Origin for humpback

C17: alteration of earlier crumpbacked, perhaps influenced by hunchback; perhaps related to Dutch homp lump
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humpback in Medicine

humpback

[hŭmpbăk′]
n.
  1. kyphosis
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