sil·​ver·​back | \ ˈsil-vər-ˌbak How to pronounce silverback (audio) \

Definition of silverback

: an older adult usually dominant male gorilla having gray or whitish hair on the back

Examples of silverback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jomo, the beloved Western lowland silverback gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, died on Friday, according to Zoo officials. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 12 Mar. 2022 Now, Fatou lives at the Berlin Zoo with silverback Sango, 17, and females Djambala, 20, Mpenzi, 36, Bibi, 25, and Tilla, 1. Abigail Adams,, 15 Apr. 2022 The hotel facilitates daily treks to encounter silverback gorillas and golden monkeys in their natural habitat and encourages guests to plant indigenous trees in the garden. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 27 Mar. 2022 Ozzie, a western lowland silverback, was found dead by his care team Tuesday morning, the zoo said in a news release. NBC News, 26 Jan. 2022 One silverback among the infected apes received an experimental antibody regimen, and all recovered, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 12 Sep. 2021 Samson — arguably the zoo's most famous animal — was a silverback gorilla who lived at the zoo for 30 years, until his death in 1981. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Sep. 2021 The silverback and adult females gorillas defended themselves and their offspring. Rob Picheta, CNN, 22 July 2021 At the bars, the enormous silverback Kidogo, who’d come to Krefeld from the Danish zoo, was waiting for snacks from his keeper. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 11 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of silverback

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Silverback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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