Definition of saddleback

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1 : something saddlebacked in outline: such as
a(1) : saddle roof
(2) : a coping with a slope on the two sides
b : a hill or ridge having a concave outline at the top
d : two supporting members (as of timber) placed in the form of an inverted V
2 : an animal having a marking on the back suggesting a saddle: such as
a : the male harp seal
d : a passerine bird (Philesturnus carunculatus) native to New Zealand that is related to the huia and when mature has black plumage with a chestnut-colored band on the back and wings
e usually capitalized : an animal of either of two British breeds (Essex Saddleback and Wessex Saddleback) of medium-sized black swine distinguished by a white band crossing the back at the shoulder and descending on to each forefoot
3 British : a size of wrapping paper measuring 45 by 36 inches


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Definition of saddleback (Entry 2 of 2)

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