humpback

noun
hump·​back | \ ˈhəmp-ˌbak How to pronounce humpback (audio) , for sense 1 also -ˈbak\

Definition of humpback

1 : a humped or crooked back also : kyphosis

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The humpback was first discovered Thursday morning by tribal fisherman in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, near Sekiu, Clallam County. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Whale killed by ship near Neah Bay now a harvest celebration as Makah Nation prepares feast," 24 Aug. 2018 But his more recent research has ramped things up dramatically, using earplugs from 20 fin, humpback, and blue whales that lived through the 19th and 20th centuries. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018 Among the world's whales, only bowheads and humpbacks produce really variable songs. Will Dunham, Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic jazz: Bowhead whales have an amazingly diverse songbook," 4 Apr. 2018 During the 1930s, the authors write, approximately 50,000 fin, humpback, and blue whales were hunted. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Whales are stressed out by climate change, and it shows in their earwax," 16 Nov. 2018 Whale watchers have close call with humpback in Alaska. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump Organization may face charges over Cohen hush money; Trump vs. Sessions escalates," 24 Aug. 2018 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, SFChronicle.com, "Chart-buster times: salmon to whales, bears to bighorns," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of humpback

1697, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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humpback

noun
hump·​back | \ ˈhəmp-ˌbak How to pronounce humpback (audio) \

Kids Definition of humpback

1 : a humped or crooked back

Other Words from humpback

humpbacked \ -​ˈbakt \ adjective

humpback

noun
hump·​back | \ -ˌbak, for 1 also -ˈbak\

Medical Definition of humpback

1 : a humped or crooked back also : kyphosis

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