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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Humpback  \Hump"back`\,  n.  [Cf.  {Hunchback}.] 
  1.  A  crooked  back  a  humped  back  --Tatler. 
 
  2.  A  humpbacked  person;  a  hunchback. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  Any  whale  of  the  genus  {Megaptera},  characterized  by  a 
  hump  or  bunch  on  the  back  Several  species  are  known 
  The  most  common  ones  in  the  North  Atlantic  are 
  {Megaptera  longimana}  of  Europe,  and  {M.  osphyia}  of 
  America;  that  of  the  California  coasts  is  {M. 
  versabilis}. 
  b  A  small  salmon  ({Oncorhynchus  gorbuscha}),  of  the 
  northwest  coast  of  America. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  humpback 
  n  1:  an  abnormal  backward  curve  to  the  vertebral  column  [syn:  {kyphosis}, 
  {hunchback}] 
  2:  a  person  whose  back  is  hunched  because  of  abnormal  curvature 
  of  the  upper  spine  [syn:  {hunchback},  {crookback}] 
  3:  large  whalebone  whale  with  long  flippers  noted  for  arching 
  or  humping  its  back  as  it  dives  [syn:  {humpback  whale},  {Megaptera 
  novaeangliae}] 




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