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[hawg-bak, hog-] /ˈhɔgˌbæk, ˈhɒg-/
noun, Geology.
a long, sharply crested ridge, generally formed of steeply inclined strata that are especially resistant to erosion.
Origin of hogback
1655-65; hog + back1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Campote is completely surrounded by mountains, the hogback dropping off into the valley below us.

  • Already the 100 truck was climbing the last steep pitch to the top of the hogback.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • But when he looked down toward the hogback he saw a car coming up the road toward the mine.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • Now you want me to go chasing up to the hogback to head him off.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • The valley lies between a high wall of red sandstone and the “hogback,”—that is what the foothills are called.

    Letters on an Elk Hunt Elinore Pruitt Stewart
  • He saw that the automobile from the hogback had reached the village.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • The next day we pitched a rough camp on a hogback between two barren plains, about five miles from our main camp.

  • Larkin knew that all the sheep had not yet passed the top of the hogback.

    The Free Range Francis William Sullivan
  • It was just our luck that they took this place to come over the hogback, Roger.

  • If we'd pitched the tents up on the hogback, that's all we'd a been in for.

    The Chalice Of Courage Cyrus Townsend Brady
British Dictionary definitions for hogback


Also called hog's back. a narrow ridge that consists of steeply inclined rock strata
(archaeol) a Saxon or Scandinavian tomb with sloping sides
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