silverback

noun
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 The large adult male sitting next to her, known as a silverback, looks at him quizzically. Fox News, "Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers," 12 Nov. 2019 Expect thick jungle, a lot of sweat, and then the miracle of witnessing the deep gaze of a watchful silverback. National Geographic, "10 unforgettable animal-watching adventures," 21 June 2019 The large adult male sitting next to her, known as a silverback, looks at him quizzically. Fox News, "Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers," 12 Nov. 2019 The large adult male sitting next to her, known as a silverback, looks at him quizzically. Fox News, "Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers," 12 Nov. 2019 The large adult male sitting next to her, known as a silverback, looks at him quizzically. Fox News, "Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers," 12 Nov. 2019 The large adult male sitting next to her, known as a silverback, looks at him quizzically. Fox News, "Intense monitoring and care lift mountain gorilla numbers," 12 Nov. 2019 The large adult male sitting next to her, known as a silverback, looks at him quizzically. Christina Larson, The Denver Post, "How do you save endangered gorillas? With lots of human help," 29 Oct. 2019 Audra Meinelt, curator of the Columbus Zoo’s Congo Expedition, says Sully and his mother will integrate into 35-year-old silverback gorilla Mac’s troop, if all goes well. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of silverback

1963, in the meaning defined above

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13 Mar 2020

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“Silverback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/silverback. Accessed 10 Apr. 2020.

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