roach back


noun

an arched back, as of a dog.

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Origin of roach back

First recorded in 1660–70; special use of roach3

OTHER WORDS FROM roach back

roach-backed, adjective

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Example sentences from the Web for roach back

  • The roach-back is the other extreme and makes her feel as if she were dipping forward.

  • Maybe it was accident and maybe design, but when the Roach-back jumped from the root it rolled to one side.

    The Biography of a Grizzly|Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • Sometimes the short mane over his humped shoulders is exaggerated; this makes a "Roach-back."

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