fat·​back ˈfat-ˌbak How to pronounce fatback (audio)
: the strip of fat from the back of a hog carcass usually cured by drying and salting

Examples of fatback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In school, the other children and teachers ridiculed him—for his accent, his coveralls, his lunches of fatback and collard greens. Francesca Mari, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2020 Cut the boar meat and pork fatback into 2-inch cubes. Jean-Paul Bourgeois, Field & Stream, 12 Nov. 2019 The dumplings are a Chinese-Korean hybrid, says Lee, steamed to preserve the delicate wrapper and stuffed with ground pork, buttered kimchi and emulsified fatback. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2019 Those who use Rick Bragg’s latest meander into Southern life as a cookbook will need to gird their culinary loins — and not be a scared of liberal doses of Crisco, fatback drippings, lard, bacon grease, cracklin’ meat and such. David Holahan, USA TODAY, 23 Apr. 2018 Likely a result of a diet of corn, fatback and molasses, the condition can cause dementia-like symptoms. Washington Post, 23 May 2018 This Italian pork preparation is light pink and studded with cubes of fatback (literally, the fat from the back of the pig) as well as peppercorns and the occasional pistachio. Kyle Frischkorn, GQ, 23 Dec. 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fatback was in 1903

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“Fatback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatback. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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fat·​back ˈfat-ˌbak How to pronounce fatback (audio)
: the strip of fat from the back of a hog carcass

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