having the back or upper surface curved like a saddle.
having a saddlelike marking on the back, as certain birds.

Origin of saddle-backed

First recorded in 1535–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saddle-backed

Historical Examples of saddle-backed

  • It has been my wont to choose a saddle-backed feather for a dead shaft, and a swine-backed for a smooth flier.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • I rode to Burradorgang, a saddle-backed hill bearing 117 degrees from our camp and distant 19 miles.

  • To reach it we had a longish walk and stiff climb, as it lies on the far side of a high, saddle-backed line of hills.

    Chats on Angling

    H. V. Hart-Davis

  • The church has a very picturesque outline, with a saddle-backed tower like that of St. Sampson's, in Guernsey.

    The Channel Islands

    Joseph Morris

  • Staring in silence at the saddle-backed mountain, their minds traveled into the past.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

British Dictionary definitions for saddle-backed



having the back curved in shape or concave like a saddle
having a saddleback
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