from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having a rough back: as, the rough-backed cayman, Alligator or Caiman trigonatus, of South America.
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Whether it was that aerial gambols on unsaddled and rough-backed broomsticks grew tiresome, or the small profit attending the vocation became smaller, or that all the elderly ladies with moles, and without anything else, were burnt up, we can't pretend to say; but certain it is, the art of witchcraft fell into disrepute.
It is a small, hard-shelled, rough-backed snout beetle.
They generally wandered southward, over the ample garden, and across the long, winding valley, to the range of rough-backed hills, which abruptly invaded the farther horizon.
We skipped this step, since the wood was fairly rough already and the rough-backed sponge gave it just enough sanding.