One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A baleen whale which has a hump (instead of a dorsal fin) and long white flippers.
- ‘About a dozen whales have been spotted to date, mostly humpbacks, and five have been darted.’
- ‘It's not unusual to see dolphins cavorting near the boat when in the tropics, but during one trip we saw a humpback whale lumbering along in its own beautiful way.’
- ‘Visitors to the site where a humpback whale beached itself at the weekend were shocked to discover the mammal had already been put down yesterday.’
- ‘The humpback whale creates the most complex, long-lasting, repetitive sound patterns of any non-human animal on our planet.’
- ‘For a musician it would be difficult, if not impossible, to define the sounds of the humpback whale without using musical terms.’
2A small salmon with dark spots on the back, native to the North Pacific and introduced into the NW Atlantic.Also called pink salmon
3another term for hunchback
- ‘Stricken with Pott's disease when just a boy, he scarcely grew taller after that and was left with a humpback created by a deformed spine.’
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