silverback

NOUN
  1. an adult male gorilla with grey hairs across the back
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How To Use silverback In A Sentence

  • Titus, the dominant male silverback gorilla, is now 35 years old. Times, Sunday Times
  • Families are headed by a silverback (mature adult male) and usually include a harem of three of four adult females and their respective offspring.
  • His silverback status makes him the uber-male, taller by a head, incontestably the boss. Times, Sunday Times
  • London Zoo announced that, in August, Kesho, an 11-year-old male "blackback" gorilla will be imported from Dublin in the hope he might graduate to silverback status and breed with the females in Regent's Park. London Zoo's gorilla breeding initiative is questioned by conservationists
  • Frist smiled and spoke unremarkably from the lectern, reeking of silverback testosterone. ” Think Progress » ThinkFast: May 24, 2006
  • If confronted by a hunter, silverbacks may stay behind and position themselves between the hunter and the fleeing gorilla family.
  • His physicality is extraordinarily powerful, and he paces around the office like a miserably deposed silverback gorilla now unsure of anything other than his own brute strength.
  • But the term "silverback" is not only applied to gorillas. Hullabaloo
  • Supporting this sinewy armor plate was a rib cage that seemed to have been designed more for a silverback gorilla than a man.
  • The gorillas are big silverbacks; one male, a bunch of females and quite a few cute little youngsters rolling around.
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