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dorsal (adj) of or on the back of an animal or a fish.

The dorsal features of an animal are the features on the back of it. The dorsal fin of a fish is the fin on or close to the back of the fish. The dorsal fin of the shark is visible above water, as it moves in the sea. The dorsal hump of an animal is the hump on its back.

  • Terror seized the people in the boat when they sighted the dorsal fin of a shark moving towards them at great speed.
  • The dorsal portion of animals, like the horse and the elephant, is not so comfortable to ride on without some special seating arrangement like a saddle.
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