ra·​zor·​back ˈrā-zər-ˌbak How to pronounce razorback (audio)
: a thin-bodied long-legged feral hog chiefly of the southeastern U.S.

Examples of razorback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Today, however, four of those fish—the humpback chub, the Colorado pikeminnow, the razorback sucker, and the bonytail—are federally listed as threatened or endangered. WIRED, 4 Nov. 2023 McGuire left the non-natives — mostly common carp — to swim free, but hoisted a big razorback from the froth. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2023 In 2006, the Bureau of Reclamation altered its operations at Flaming Gorge to simulate spring runoff conditions — by then, the list of endangered fish below the dam had grown to include the razorback sucker and bonytail. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 22 July 2023 In fiscal year 2021, during the winter and spring razorback sucker spawning season on Lake Mohave, biologists with the program captured 38,218 of the young fish in their larval stage. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2023 Readers may recall that Mt. Hoo sits on a little razorback ridge that’s about a mile long and 200 feet wide, narrowing in places to just the width of the country road. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 July 2022 No razorback suckers have been known to reproduce in the river below the waterfall. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Apr. 2022 After decades of management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to downlist the razorback sucker from endangered to threatened. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, 13 Sep. 2021 Oceanside has its Goat Hill course, but this was the real deal, a true hike along a razorback ridge on which course designer Dan Hixson managed to put greens in diabolical places. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of razorback was in 1845

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“Razorback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razorback. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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ra·​zor·​back -ˌbak How to pronounce razorback (audio)
: a thin-bodied long-legged half-wild hog chiefly of the southeastern U.S. with long stiff hairs down the center of its back
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