saddleback

[ sad-l-bak ]
/ ˈsæd lˌbæk /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. saddle-backed,
  2. saddle-billed stork,
  3. saddle-sore,
  4. saddle-stitch,
  5. saddle-tree,
  6. saddleback caterpillar,
  7. saddlebag,
  8. saddlebill,
  9. saddlebow,
  10. saddlecloth

Origin of saddleback

First recorded in 1535–45; saddle + back1

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British Dictionary definitions for saddleback

saddleback

/ (ˈsædəlˌbæk) /

noun

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

saddleback

n.

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

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