yellowback

noun

1
2
: a cheap and usually sensational novel
especially : one sold in yellow board or paper covers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
3
: a freshwater mussel (Lampsilis anodontoides) of the Mississippi valley and southeastern U.S. having a heavy shell covered with yellow periostracum and highly valued for mother-of-pearl

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“Yellowback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yellowback. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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