hogback

noun
hog·​back | \ ˈhȯg-ˌbak How to pronounce hogback (audio) , ˈhäg- \

Definition of hogback

: a ridge of land formed by the outcropping edges of tilted strata broadly : a ridge with a sharp summit and steeply sloping sides

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Recent Examples on the Web Red sandstone hogbacks, Horsetooth Reservoir coves and bridges are some of the highlights while snowshoeing here, while elevation stays at a pretty constant 5,500 feet or so above sea level. Mindy Sink, The Know, "The best snowshoeing trails that are just a short drive from Denver," 6 Dec. 2019 The home is on a ¾-acre site that slopes into open space, allowing for a daylit, finished walk-out lower level, plus an entertainment-sized deck overlooking the hogback ridges and peekaboo views of city lights beyond. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "In South Jeffco’s secluded Ken Caryl Valley, a remodeled home on ¾-acre is open Sunday, Aug. 4," 2 Aug. 2019 Some runners combine those trails with the Dakota Ridge hogback across the highway, a run of about 7 miles in total. John Meyer, The Know, "The best trail running routes along the Front Range," 22 July 2019 Soon these will give way to starker vistas of tenuous grassland and hogback mesa. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 The home is on a ¾-acre site that slopes into open space, allowing for a daylit, finished walk-out lower level, plus an entertainment-sized deck overlooking the hogback ridges and peekaboo views of city lights beyond. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "In South Jeffco’s secluded Ken Caryl Valley, a remodeled home on ¾-acre is open Sunday, Aug. 4," 2 Aug. 2019 Some runners combine those trails with the Dakota Ridge hogback across the highway, a run of about 7 miles in total. John Meyer, The Know, "The best trail running routes along the Front Range," 22 July 2019 Popular with mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers, this hike will provide some elevation gain, then views of the plains and the hogbacks. Mindy Sink, The Know, "Ditch the car: Trails you can reach by taking the bus or light rail," 6 July 2019 Soon these will give way to starker vistas of tenuous grassland and hogback mesa. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of hogback

1840, in the meaning defined above

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“Hogback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogback. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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