Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Zoöl.) Having a sharp, lean, or thin back

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective zoology Having a sharp, lean, or thin back.

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

  • adjective having a sharp narrow back

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Examples

  • 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.

    Richard Bangs: The Pakistan Osama bin Laden Never Knew, Part 3

  • 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.

    Richard Bangs: The Pakistan Osama bin Laden Never Knew, Part 3

  • 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.

    Stryker soldiers say commanders failed them by defying Gen McChrystal's orders

  • 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.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

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

    Impossible Places

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

    Impossible Places

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

    White Butterfly

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

    White Butterfly

  • 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.

    Tour de Force

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