One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tower roof which has two opposite gables connected by a pitched section.
- ‘In the Middle Sepik area the haus tambarins are massive structures, often over 50 m long and with a saddleback roof rising to a spire at each end up to 25 m high.’
- ‘Holy Trinity, which has 12th century foundations, medieval stained glass, 18th century box pews and an unusual saddleback roof, was rescued from oblivion by Goodramgate's traders, who evolved into the Friends of Holy Trinity.’
- ‘Working within the constraints of strict planning codes, which imposing the style of local farmhouses stipulated a saddleback roof form with projecting eaves.’
2A hill with a ridge along the top that dips in the middle.
high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pike, mesaView synonyms
- ‘But to the right of the track there rose a high saddleback hill.’
3A pig of a black breed with a white stripe across the back.
- ‘So I bought three saddleback pigs, and I fed them and that was that.’
- ‘Nicky, a six-year-old British saddleback, is one of the star attractions at the 4.5 acre farm that offers youngsters from Southampton the chance to interact with animals and learn about the farming environment.’
4A New Zealand wattlebird with mainly black plumage, a reddish-brown back, and two small red wattles under the bill.
Philesturnus carunculatus, family Callaeidae
- ‘The saddleback, a black wattlebird with a tan saddle of feathers on its back and a pendulous orange wattle at the base of its bill, has been translocated 27 times since 1925 and now inhabits approximately 16 islands.’
- ‘The ship rat invaded Big South Cape Island off Stewart Island, where the last population of South Island saddlebacks existed and other things like bush wren, Stewart Island bush snipe and the greater short-tailed bat.’
- ‘But by now biologists have observed them attacking adult saddlebacks (a native songbird whose numbers are dwindling) and devouring eggs of the little shearwater (a native petrel).’
- ‘Williamson begins his journey among the bellbirds and saddlebacks of the Wattle Track on Tiritiri Matangi Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.’
- ‘That year, just as the tree planting was getting underway, an experimental flock of 24 released saddlebacks successfully colonized scrubland.’
- ‘Strident, assertive saddlebacks begin argumentative vocal duels, their staccato ‘Yak-yak - yak-yak’ in ever longer and louder volleys.’
- ‘We can still listen to the songs of the kokako and saddleback, and the booming of the kakapo.’
- ‘It takes me five to ten minutes to start enjoying it, to break through the creaky straight-jacket of inertia and hit my stride, but I did and took the lead up hill and down path and up hill again, where we spied saddlebacks and other birdlife.’
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