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mossback

[ maws-bak, mos- ]
/ ˈmɔsˌbæk, ˈmɒs- /
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noun
Informal.
  1. a person holding very antiquated notions; reactionary.
  2. a person living in the backwoods; rustic.
an old turtle.
Angling. a large and old fish, as a bass.
a wild bull or cow.
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Origin of mossback

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; moss + back1
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British Dictionary definitions for mossback

mossback
/ (ˈmɒsˌbæk) /

noun US and Canadian
an old turtle, shellfish, etc, that has a growth of algae on its back
informal a provincial or conservative person

Derived forms of mossback

mossbacked, adjective
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