from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See hunchback.
  • n. A humped upper back.
  • n. A humpback whale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A humped back
  • n. A person with a humpback: hunchback
  • n. A person who suffers from kyphosis
  • n. A humpback whale
  • n. A humpback salmon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crooked back; a humped back.
  • n. A humpbacked person; a hunchback.
  • n.
  • n. Any whale of the genus Megaptera, characterized 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 Megaptera osphyia of America; that of the California coasts is Megaptera versabilis.
  • n. A small salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha), of the northwest coast of America; the humpbacked salmon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A crooked or hunched back.
  • n. One who has a crooked back; a hunchback.
  • n. A humpbacked whale of the genus Megaptera.
  • n. In ichthyology, a salmon of the genus Oncorhynchus, O. gorbuscha, more fully called humpbacked salmon. See salmon.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large whalebone whale with long flippers noted for arching or humping its back as it dives
  • n. a person whose back is hunched because of abnormal curvature of the upper spine
  • n. an abnormal backward curve to the vertebral column


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  • The back of the male just behind the head abruptly rises, forming a hump—hence the alternate name humpback salmon, or “humpy.”

    Trout and Salmon of North America

  • This humpback, which is a result of tuberculous inflammation of the spine, must not be confounded with the humpback caused by rickets.

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  • As a result the destroyed vertebrae sink or rather settle down and cause a curvature of the spine, in other words a humpback.

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  • Doug Nowacek, Ari Friedlaender and colleagues 'expedition to tag humpback and minke whales in the Antarctic

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  • The scientists who fitted out the Voyager probe decided that the song of the humpback was the best way to greet any possible aliens.

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  • The humpback, which is believed to be a young male, had not been sighted before in Irish waters.

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  • My pheasant gun is a Browning Light-12 "humpback" auto I bought new in Korea when I was in the Army thirty-five years ago.

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  • No wonder the "humpback" Duchess Sophie falls for him in a fairytale meeting where they discover a shared passion for Richard Wagner.


  • And no, that damn song doesn't work, because you simply can't make me want to utter "humpback" and "crooked letter" out loud or in my head too much.

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