Hump"back` (?), n. [Cf. Hunchback.]


A crooked back; a humped back.



A humpbacked person; a hunchback.

3. Zool.

(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.


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