Rhodesian ridgeback


Rhodesian ridge·​back -ˈrij-ˌbak How to pronounce Rhodesian ridgeback (audio)
often capitalized second R
: any of an African breed of powerful long-bodied hunting dogs having a dense harsh short tan coat with a characteristic crest of reversed hair along the spine

Examples of Rhodesian ridgeback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Advertisement In her own home, Lippman said she’s put her 12-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback in a room with a HEPA filter. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 8 June 2023 The case involved an enormous dog in Nevada named Onion, a 120-pound mastiff–Rhodesian ridgeback mix. Hope Corrigan | The New York Times, The Week, 31 Aug. 2022 Chase is finally in his forever home! Until recently, Chase — a nine-year-old, Rhodesian ridgeback/hound mix — had lived at Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic and Ranch in Palm City, Florida, for all but one year of his life. Linda Marx, PEOPLE.com, 1 Aug. 2022 The case involved an enormous dog in Nevada named Onion, a 120-pound mastiff-Rhodesian ridgeback mix. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2022 One of their dogs, a Rhodesian ridgeback named Finn, has separation anxiety. Ben Finley, ajc, 5 Jan. 2022 She was matched with Javelin, a Rhodesian ridgeback and lab mix who was saved from going hungry on the side of a road in South Carolina. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 19 June 2021 The Humane Society held a naming contest earlier this month for the five female and four male Rhodesian ridgeback/hound-mix puppies and their mom, and the group said a woman named Renee B. of Vista came up with the winning names. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 My husband found Clementine, a Rhodesian ridgeback, online in Georgia. Margaret Coder, cleveland, 4 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Rhodesian ridgeback was in 1925

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“Rhodesian ridgeback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rhodesian%20ridgeback. Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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