Definition of saddleback in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsadlˌbak/


1 Architecture A tower roof that has two opposite gables connected by a pitched section.
Example sentences
  • Working within the constraints of strict planning codes, which imposing the style of local farmhouses stipulated a saddleback roof form with projecting eaves.
  • Holy Trinity, which has 12th century foundations, medieval stained glass, 18th century box pews and an unusual saddleback roof, was rescued from oblivion by Goodramgate's traders, who evolved into the Friends of Holy Trinity.
  • In the Middle Sepik area the haus tambarins are massive structures, often over 50 m long and with a saddleback roof rising to a spire at each end up to 25 m high.
2A hill with a ridge along the top that dips in the middle.
Example sentences
  • But to the right of the track there rose a high saddleback hill.
3A pig of a black breed with a white stripe across the back.
Example sentences
  • So I bought three saddleback pigs, and I fed them and that was that.
  • Nicky, a six-year-old British saddleback, is one of the star attractions at the 4.5 acre farm that offers youngsters from Southampton the chance to interact with animals and learn about the farming environment.
4A New Zealand wattlebird with mainly black plumage, a reddish-brown back, and two small red wattles under the bill.
  • Philesturnus carunculatus, family Callaeidae.
Example sentences
  • The saddleback, a black wattlebird with a tan saddle of feathers on its back and a pendulous orange wattle at the base of its bill, has been translocated 27 times since 1925 and now inhabits approximately 16 islands.
  • Williamson begins his journey among the bellbirds and saddlebacks of the Wattle Track on Tiritiri Matangi Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.
  • But by now biologists have observed them attacking adult saddlebacks (a native songbird whose numbers are dwindling) and devouring eggs of the little shearwater (a native petrel).



Pronunciation: /ˈsadlˌbakt/
Example sentences
  • Juvenile saddle-backed tamarins also engage in helping behavior, carrying and feeding the infants

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Syllabification: sad·dle·back

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