sil·​ver·​back | \ ˈsil-vər-ˌbak \

Definition of silverback

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

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Cassius was the troop's silverback, the dominant, breeding male gorilla, the dad. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Keepers at Milwaukee County Zoo worked 24/7 to care for baby gorilla after its parents died," 29 June 2018 In December, the zoo added Okpara, a silverback male from Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Robert Rhoden,, "'A sea of dead horses' at Texas ranch: report," 11 Apr. 2018 Among gorillas, fertile females generally mate with one male at a time — the local silverback. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Secrets of the Y Chromosome," 11 June 2018 For more than a decade, Ramar was the zoo’s dominant male gorilla, known as a silverback. Tony Briscoe,, "Ramar, western lowland gorilla who was Brookfield Zoo's oldest animal, dies at 50," 12 Apr. 2018 After pairing her with silverback Baraka last summer in accordance with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, primate keepers obtained proof of Calaya’s pregnancy using a common human pregnancy test. Adam Cohen, Smithsonian, "First Infant Gorilla Born at the Zoo in Nine Years; Watch a Video of the Birth," 17 Apr. 2018 His favorite member was Fatz Geronimo, the keyboard-playing silverback gorilla. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "It's true: The ShowBiz Pizza robot band is back, at a retro arcade bar | The Kansas City Star," 22 May 2018 Moke was born April 15 to his mother, Calaya, and his father, a hulking silverback gorilla named Baraka. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "In his mother’s arms, National Zoo’s baby gorilla is ‘very content’," 18 May 2018 Primarily the film offers the incredible expanding silverback gorilla, George, friend and colleague of the San Diego primatologist played by Johnson. Michael Phillips,, "'Rampage' review: Dwayne Johnson leads worst Chicago architecture tour EVER," 11 Apr. 2018

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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