whaleback

[ hweyl-bak, weyl- ]
/ ˈʰweɪlˌbæk, ˈweɪl- /
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noun

Nautical.
  1. a cargo vessel having a hull with a convex deck.
  2. a deck or cover curving upward.
something shaped like the back of a whale, as a rounded hill or an ocean wave.

Nearby words

  1. whale away,
  2. whale catcher,
  3. whale of a time,
  4. whale oil,
  5. whale shark,
  6. whaleboat,
  7. whalebone,
  8. whalebone whale,
  9. whaleman,
  10. whalen

Origin of whaleback

First recorded in 1885–90; whale1 + back1

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British Dictionary definitions for whaleback

whaleback

/ (ˈweɪlˌbæk) /

noun

something shaped like the back of a whale
a steamboat having a curved upper deck
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