razorback

[ rey-zer-bak ]
/ ˈreɪ zərˌbæk /

noun

a finback or rorqual.
a wild or semiwild hog with a ridgelike back, common in the southern U.S.
a sharp narrow ridge or range of hills.

adjective

Also ra·zor·backed, ra·zor-backed. having a sharp ridge along the back.

Nearby words

  1. razor clam,
  2. razor wire,
  3. razor-billed auk,
  4. razor-cut,
  5. razor-shell,
  6. razorbill auk,
  7. razorblade,
  8. razorfish,
  9. razz,
  10. razzamatazz

Origin of razorback

First recorded in 1815–25; razor + back1

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British Dictionary definitions for razorback

razorback

/ (ˈreɪzəˌbæk) /

noun

Also called: finback the common rorqualSee rorqual
a semiwild or wild pig of the southeastern US, having a narrow body, long legs, and a ridged back
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Word Origin and History for razorback

razorback

n.

type of pig with a sharp ridge-like back, 1849, from razor (n.) + back (n.). Especially of feral hogs in the U.S. South. Also used of narrow ridges of land.

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