hump·back | \ˈhəmp-ˌbak, for sense 1 also -ˈbak\

Definition of humpback 

1 : a humped or crooked back also : kyphosis

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Only one baleen whale species, a humpback, was observed grieving. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Dead," 20 June 2018 In September 2017, a charter company encountered a nearly 50-foot humpback carcass floating off Kimberley, in western Australia. National Geographic, "Sharks and Crocodile Feast on Dead Whale in First-Ever Video," 25 Apr. 2018 In the most recent population estimates, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration counted 80,000 humpbacks worldwide. Tom Stienstra,, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 At the Farallones, 40-foot humpbacks were launching into the air, rotating in half pirouettes, then crashing into the sea on their backs. Tom Stienstra,, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018 But Slinky is getting a second wind, one that send riders through a series of hoops and then back through back-to-back-to-back humpback maneuvers. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney not toying around with Slinky Dog Dash," 28 June 2018 Some giants have managed to bounce back, such as humpbacks and West Coast gray whales. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Today’s Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren’t They Huger?," 27 June 2018 As might be expected, neither pilot whales nor dolphins reacted much to the calls of conspecifics, of the other prey species or of humpbacks. The Economist, "When faced with a killer whale should you fight or flee?," 14 June 2018 Calves also want to avoid adult male humpbacks, which may try to separate the calf from its mother to mate. National Geographic, "Why Humpback Whale Babies Whisper to Mom," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of humpback

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hump·back | \ˈhəmp-ˌbak \

Kids Definition of humpback

1 : a humped or crooked back

Other Words from humpback

humpbacked \-ˈbakt \ adjective


hump·back | \-ˌbak, for 1 also -ˈbak\

Medical Definition of humpback 

1 : a humped or crooked back also : kyphosis

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