hump


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hump

1. Pathol a rounded deformity of the back in persons with kyphosis, consisting of a convex spinal curvature
2. a rounded protuberance on the back of a camel or related animal
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As there was nothing formidable nor hostile in his appearance, the bee-hunter, instead of suspending his operations, rather increased his efforts, in a manner which would seem to imply that he doubted whether the hump would suffice for the proper entertainment of all who were now likely to partake of the delicious morsel.
"I should be ashamed of my profession," he said, swallowing a morsel of the hump with evident delight, slily endeavouring at the same time to distinguish the peculiarities of the singed and defaced skin, "I ought to be ashamed of my profession, were there beast, or bird, on the continent of America, that I could not tell by some one of the many evidences which science has enlisted in her cause.
The buffaloe is not gifted with a hump at all; nor is his flesh savoury and wholesome, as I must acknowledge it would seem the subject before us may well be characterised--"
"The devil you have!" cried Paul, dropping the morsel he was sucking, from sheer reluctance to abandon the hump, and casting a fierce and direct look into the very teeth of the unconscious physician.
"Asinus excepted," muttered the Doctor, who by this time was discussing his portion of the hump, in utter forgetfulness of all its scientific attributes.
From the Hump we can see the gate that is called after Miss Mabel Grey, the Fig I promised to tell you about.
"We'll sure hump you if you-all come in," Daylight warned him.
"I see you, Daylight, and I hump this time for two thousand.
"I hump his hunch for five thousand just the same," said MacDonald.
The choicest of the buffalo meat, with tongues, and humps, and marrow-bones, were devoured in quantities that would astonish any one that has not lived among hunters or Indians; and as an extra regale, having no tobacco left, they cut up an old tobacco pouch, still redolent with the potent herb, and smoked it in honor of the day.
Location--Does the hump rise from or extend into the deeper portion of the lake?
A well-fed camel in good condition has a firm, upright hump. After a long, exhausting desert journey the same camel will have a hump that is floppy and bent over to one side.