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humpback Syllabification: hump·back
Pronunciation: /ˈhəmpˌbak/

Definition of humpback in English:


1 (also humpback whale) A baleen whale that has a hump (instead of a dorsal fin) and long white flippers. It is noted for its lengthy vocalizations or “songs.”.
  • Megaptera novaeangliae, family Balaenopteridae
Example sentences
  • Visitors to the site where a humpback whale beached itself at the weekend were shocked to discover the mammal had already been put down yesterday.
  • The humpback whale creates the most complex, long-lasting, repetitive sound patterns of any non-human animal on our planet.
  • For a musician it would be difficult, if not impossible, to define the sounds of the humpback whale without using musical terms.
2 (also humpback salmon) another term for pink salmon.
3 another term for hunchback.
Example sentences
  • Stricken with Pott's disease when just a boy, he scarcely grew taller after that and was left with a humpback created by a deformed spine.



Pronunciation: /ˈhəmpˌbakt/
Example sentences
  • And you can end up looking like a hunchback: The incline platform prods you into a humpbacked posture.
  • Camel racing, a favorite pastime in the Middle East, has taken flack from human-rights advocates for the young boys imported to jockey the humpbacked desert beasts.
  • The humpbacked gardener emptied the saucepan onto the roots of the flame trees, his favorites, and doused them with water drawn from the river several miles away.

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