grayback

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n grayback a sandpiper that breeds in the Arctic and winters in the southern hemisphere
    • n grayback a dowitcher with a grey back
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Grayback (Zoöl) The California gray whale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n grayback The knot or red-breasted sandpiper, Tringa canutus.
    • n grayback The gray snipe.
    • n grayback The common body-louse, Pediculus vestimenti.
    • n grayback The dab, a fish.
    • n grayback The California gray whale, Rhachianectes glaucus.
    • n grayback The red-headed duck or American pochard, Fuligula americana.
    • n grayback The black-headed or American scaup duck, Fuligula marila nearctica.
    • n grayback A Confederate soldier during the American civil war; a graycoat.
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Usage

In literature:

He stepped back to one of the two windows on the front of the house, where he discovered an officer and two "grayback" soldiers.
"The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army" by Oliver Optic
So the submarine proceeds on her way, wallowing and tumbling through the heavy graybacks of the North Sea.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
You mean to s'y you ain't got any graybacks!
"Kitchener's Mob" by James Norman Hall
A wan light played upon the heaving "graybacks" outside the mouth of the harbor.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
This effectually quieted him; but the lieutenant's little force were falling back before the furious assaults of the graybacks.
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
A grayback heaved the dory forward.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Grayback (mountain), 34, 46.
"Our Italy" by Charles Dudley Warner
I'll tell ye what that is, Si," he added solemnly, "that's a grayback!
"Si Klegg, Book 1 (of 6) His Transformation From A Raw Recruit To A Veteran" by John McElroy
The rebels have not only set their grayback infantry on to us, but are jumping us with their flea cavalry.
"Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) Experiences Of Si And Shorty On The Great Tullahoma Campaign" by John McElroy
I've trouble enough to keep the Yankee graybacks off you.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
If there's a grayback in my jail I'll eat your shirt.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
For had he not found a number of the graybacks thus happily engaged?
"Short Stories of the New America" by Various
My air-treading, toe-dancing "Grayback" of the morning was gone in the back and legs long before we reached the end.
"Down the Columbia" by Lewis R. Freeman
Not a suspicion had yet been excited among my grayback companions.
"Four Years A Scout and Spy" by E. C. Downs
He did not put down the graybacks that keep us scratching all the time.
"Diary of an Enlisted Man" by Lawrence Van Alstyne
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In poetry:

CHORUS: O! ho! no! no! we never can forget.
Ow-ow! ow-ow! we almost feel them yet;
The busy little grayback teeth in us so firmly set,
Who went with us Marching Through Georgia.
"The Graybacks So Tenderly Clinging" by Anonymous Americas
There were companions on the march, as every soldier found,
With ceaseless zeal in digging deep in every spot around,
And though each hero killed a lot, still thousands more abound,
The graybacks so tenderly clinging.
"The Graybacks So Tenderly Clinging" by Anonymous Americas
And never partial were those bugs, no mortal would they spare,
No dignity could keep them off, they just bit everywhere,
And generals could not deny but what each had a share
Of graybacks so constantly nibbling.—CHORUS
"The Graybacks So Tenderly Clinging" by Anonymous Americas
The visitors were never big, in fact were very small.
In silence they put in their work, no sound they made at all;
They thought it was full fun enough to hear the comrades bawl
While graybacks were busily biting.—CHORUS
"The Graybacks So Tenderly Clinging" by Anonymous Americas