di·​a·​mond·​back | \ ˈdī-(ə-)mən(d)-ˌbak How to pronounce diamondback (audio) \

Definition of diamondback

: having marks like diamonds or lozenges on the back

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The slow-moving culprits were diamondback terrapins, a turtle species that spends most of its time in neighboring Jamaica Bay, Queens — that is, until mating season comes around. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Pregnant Turtles on a Mission Slowed JFK Air Traffic to a Crawl Over the Weekend," 10 July 2017 Diamondback moths, which ravage the cabbages, kale, and cauliflower grown by poor urban farmers, are spreading in South Africa. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Half of All Species Are on the Move—And We're Feeling It," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of diamondback

1887, in the meaning defined above

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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