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shellback

[ shel-bak ]
/ ˈʃɛlˌbæk /
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noun
an old sailor.
a person who has crossed the equator by boat.
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Origin of shellback

First recorded in 1880–85; shell + back1

Other definitions for shellback (2 of 2)

shell back

noun
an underside of a spoon bowl ornamented with a shell motif.
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British Dictionary definitions for shellback

shellback
/ (ˈʃɛlˌbæk) /

noun
informal a sailor who has crossed the equatorCompare polliwog (def. 2)
an experienced or old sailor
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