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  • n. Plural form of silverback.


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  • Adult males are called silverbacks because their hair turns grey with age.

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  • Adult males are called silverbacks because their hair greys with age.

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  • Upside: Mature male gorillas, called silverbacks, are huge (up to 425 lb., sometimes even more).


  • Dominant gorillas are known as "silverbacks" because their coats change colour to highlight their status as alpha male

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  • Gorillas should be exchanging dark and disturbing tales about how a group of silverbacks were shot dead in a national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


  • "Troy is certainly heir to the throne of alpha male, so there's going to be that natural organic energy of conflict that happens between the silverbacks and the branch crashers as we say in primatology."

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  • It was no surprise when his feet turned toward his tower library, following the same unerring instinct that brought pigeons to their dovecotes and silverbacks to their streams.


  • When the going really gets tough, the big social apes (chimps, gorillas) tend to take their lead from the old silverbacks in the troop -- experience trumps strength and dominance.

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  • On the other hand, if you have built your own small empire as one of the most marginalized academic silverbacks among the perpetually disenfranchised intellectuals, then it could be that Duncan is not, indeed, such a bad choice, but one who represents the kind of reasonable repression that actually embraces the discourse of dissent as long as nothing changes outside the covers of the academic journals where such dissent safely rages.

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  • And the silverbacks is dying because the problem, the people killed the silverback.

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