hogback

noun

hog·​back ˈhȯg-ˌbak How to pronounce hogback (audio)
ˈhäg-
: a ridge of land formed by the outcropping edges of tilted strata
broadly : a ridge with a sharp summit and steeply sloping sides

Example Sentences

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, 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, 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, 22 July 2019 Soon these will give way to starker vistas of tenuous grassland and hogback mesa. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, 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, 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, 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, 6 July 2019 Soon these will give way to starker vistas of tenuous grassland and hogback mesa. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Oct. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hogback was in 1840

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“Hogback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hogback. Accessed 23 Mar. 2023.

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