whale·​back ˈ(h)wāl-ˌbak How to pronounce whaleback (audio)
: something shaped like the back of a whale

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Barge 129 was the last undiscovered whaleback wreck in the Great Lakes, reports CNN’s Taylor Nicioli. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2022 Just one surviving whaleback, the S.S. Meteor, remains intact today. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Oct. 2022 There is only one intact whaleback still in existence, the SS Meteor, which is moored as a museum exhibit in Superior, Wisconsin. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 Eventually, wreckage from the S.S. Clifton, began drifting ashore on the Canadian side of Lake Huron, indicating that the whaleback freighter sank. Brent Ashcroft, Detroit Free Press, 21 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of whaleback was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Whaleback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaleback. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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