any of various animals having markings on the back that resemble a saddle, as a male harp seal.

Origin of saddleback

First recorded in 1535–45; saddle + back1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a marking resembling a saddle on the backs of various animals
a breed of black pig with a white band across its back
a rare bird of New Zealand, Philesturnus carunculatus, having a chestnut-coloured saddle-shaped marking across its back and wings
another name for saddle roof
another name for col (def. 1)
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Word Origin and History for saddleback

1540s and thereafter in various senses (of landforms, oysters, etc.), from saddle (n.) + back (n.).

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