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  • adj. Having a sharp, lean, or thin back.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a sharp, lean, or thin back

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a sharp back; hog-backed: as, the razor-backed buffalo, a. fish, Ictiobus urus, of the Mississippi valley.
  • Having a long sharp dorsal fin which cuts the water like a razor, as the rorqual.

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

  • adj. having a sharp narrow back


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  • On the 15th day, another tortuous stretch confronts: a maze of boulders ringing the river like ramparts, followed by a 20-foot falls, with razor-backed rocks at its base.

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  • Battle has been joined in the valley because of its proximity to Kandahar city, a rich prize two miles to the east across a razor-backed ridgeline.

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  • Among the pastimes he indulged in was one which exhibited his skill with the rifle, and at the same time protected the camp from the intrusions and ravages of a drove of razor-backed hogs which belonged to Mr. Switzler.

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  • There are still undiscovered tribes living in the razor-backed, jungle-wracked mountain valleys.

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  • BY THE TIME I was back home that razor-backed viper was boring at my skull.

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  • It felt more like a kind of motion; like a razor-backed viper slithering through my brain.

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  • Miss Lane could: Miss Lane could run out along a razor-backed ridge high over the sea, she could stand teetering at the tip of a diving board, twenty-five feet up.

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  • The old man rode into camp on a razor-backed horse and professed great astonishment when he saw how nearly completed the work on the Wondership was.

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  • We straddled along the top of a snow ridge with a razor-backed edge, balancing the sledge between us as we wriggled: on our right was a drop of great depth with crevasses at the bottom, on our left was a smaller drop also crevassed.

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  • From an aeroplane the mountains of northern California would suggest an immense drove of sleeping razor-backed hogs nestling against one another to keep warm, most of their snouts pointed northwest.

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