from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A mature male gorilla having silvery white hair across the back.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mature male of the several species of gorilla, so named from the silver streaking on its back.
- n. A dominant older human male.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The knot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The knot or Canute, a sandpiper. See cut under Tringa.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an adult male gorilla with grey hairs across the back
They live in families, each headed by an adult male called a silverback because of its distinctive coloring.
There's nine gorillas in this group and every gorilla group is leaded by an adult male called a silverback, the silverback right over there, the distinctive coloring on his back.
But the zoo's gorillas already are in three "families," each made up of one sexually mature male, called a silverback, and several females and their offspring.
But the term "silverback" is not only applied to gorillas.
I want the gorilla, she says, pointing to the rafters at a pink gorilla the size of a Rwandan silverback.
When I see those TV commercials of silverback Baby Boomers sprinting with vintage surfboards toward ever-higher-yielding money-market funds, I feel both Boomer derision and a gnawing dread that my own funds are not similarly accruing (and in fact they are not — but maybe, to offset the losses, Brian Grazer will option my book?).
"There's Lenny 'Apples' Appleton, 'Mad' Dickie Barrett and Micky 'Silver' Darrell, named because he looks like a silverback gorilla," chuckles Brian Holmes, a veteran who has carted fish for the merchants here in east London for 21 years.
"I base him off of a silverback or a lion," Momoa says.
That silverback one is amazing and just became my background.
Every government department should have a silverback in residence.