swayback

[swey-bak]Veterinary Pathology
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noun

an excessive downward curvature of the spinal column in the dorsal region, especially of horses.

adjective


Nearby words

  1. swats,
  2. swatter,
  3. sway,
  4. sway bar,
  5. sway-back,
  6. swaybacked,
  7. swayed,
  8. swaz.,
  9. swazi,
  10. swazi territory

Origin of swayback

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; sway + back1

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Examples from the Web for sway-back

  • Some woodworkers give their saws a slight camber, or belly, to correspond with the sway-back.

    Farm Mechanics|Herbert A. Shearer


British Dictionary definitions for sway-back

sway-back

noun

vet science an abnormal sagging or concavity of the spine in older horses
a paralytic disease of new-born and young lambs caused by demyelination of the central nervous system due to copper deficiency
Derived Formssway-backed, adjective

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