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

Examples of whaleback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And much like Mount St. Helens, this whaleback is growing in the scar left by that violent eruption. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2020 Cue a whirlwind whaleback ride to the colorful, fauna-ruled and steadily sinking Wild Island, where he’s instructed to rescue the captive Boris (Gaten Matarazzo) and somehow keep the island afloat. Guy Lodge, Variety, 10 Oct. 2022 The growth of the whaleback at Shiveluch looks to be on par with those historic whalebacks and spines. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 6 Oct. 2020 Barge 129 was the last whaleback shipwreck in the Great Lakes that had not been discovered. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 20 Oct. 2022 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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“Whaleback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaleback. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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