Definition of Humpback

1. Noun. An abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column.

Exact synonyms: Hunchback, Kyphosis
Generic synonyms: Spinal Curvature
Derivative terms: Kyphotic

2. Noun. A person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine.
Exact synonyms: Crookback, Hunchback
Generic synonyms: Cripple
Derivative terms: Crookback

3. Noun. Large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives.
Exact synonyms: Humpback Whale, Megaptera Novaeangliae
Generic synonyms: Baleen Whale, Whalebone Whale
Group relationships: Genus Megaptera, Megaptera

Definition of Humpback

1. n. A crooked back; a humped back.

Definition of Humpback

1. Noun. A humped back ¹

2. Noun. A person with a humpback: hunchback ¹

3. Noun. A person who suffers from kyphosis ¹

4. Noun. A humpback whale ¹

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Definition of Humpback

1. a humped back [n -S]

Medical Definition of Humpback

1. 1. A crooked back; a humped back. 2. A humpbacked person; a hunchback. 3. Any whale of the genus Megaptera, characterised by a hump or bunch on the back. Several species are known. The most common ones in the North Atlantic are Megaptera longimana of Europe, and M. Osphyia of America; that of the California coasts is M. Versabilis. A small salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), of the northwest coast of America. Compare: Hunchback. (06 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Humpback

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hump dumpling
hump dumplings
humpback (current term)
humpback salmon
humpback salmons
humpback whale
humpback whales

Literary usage of Humpback

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1. The Thousand and One Nights: Commonly Called in England, The Arabian Nights by Edward William Lane, Edward Stanley Poole (1865)
"Is it not more wonderful than that of the humpback ? CONTINUATION OF THE STORY OF THE humpback. When the King had heard this story, he ordered certain of ..."

2. Denizens of the Deep by Frank Thomas Bullen (1904)
"Towards this fierce barrier there hurried nervously a mother humpback Whale. She was of moderate size, about forty-five feet long by thirty in girth, ..."

3. The Cruise of the "Cachalot": Round the World After Sperm Whales by Frank Thomas Bullen (1898)
"... OF THE " humpback " SEASON. IT will probably be inferred from the foregoing paragraph that we were little troubled with visits from the natives next day ..."

4. Salmon and Trout by Dean Sage (1902)
"... and elsewhere, weighs only half a pound when mature, and is known as the little redfish. The humpback Salmon The humpback salmon (Oncorhynchus ..."

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