moss-back

mossback

[maws-bak, mos-]
noun
1.
Informal.
a.
a person holding very antiquated notions; reactionary.
b.
a person living in the backwoods; rustic.
2.
an old turtle.
3.
Angling. a large and old fish, as a bass.
4.
a wild bull or cow.

Origin:
1870–75, Americanism; moss + back1

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mossback (ˈmɒsˌbæk)
 
n
1.  an old turtle, shellfish, etc, that has a growth of algae on its back
2.  informal a provincial or conservative person
 
'mossbacked
 
adj

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