Definitions for Tusktʌsk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tusktʌsk(n.)

  1. an animal tooth developed to great length, usu. one of a pair, as in the elephant, walrus, and wild boar, but singly in the narwhal.

    Category: Zoology

  2. a long, pointed, or protruding tooth.

    Category: Zoology

  3. a projection resembling the tusk of an animal.

  4. (v.t.)to dig, tear, or gore with the tusks.

    Category: Animal Behavior

Origin of tusk:

bef. 900; ME, metathetic var. of tux, OE, var. of tusc, c. OFris tusk; akin to tooth

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ivory, tusk(noun)

    a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses

  2. tusk(verb)

    a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog

  3. horn, tusk(verb)

    stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

    "the rhino horned the explorer"

  4. tusk, detusk(verb)

    remove the tusks of animals

    "tusk an elephant"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tusk(noun)ʌsk

    one of the long teeth of an elephant

Wiktionary

  1. tusk(Noun)

    One of a pair of elongated pointed teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar.

    Until the CITES sales ban, elephant tusks were the 'backbone' of the legal ivory trade.

  2. tusk(Noun)

    A small projection on a (tusk) tenon.

  3. tusk(Verb)

    To dig up using a tusk, as boars do.

  4. Origin: From tusk (also tux, tusch), from tux, tusc, from tunþskaz, extended form of tanþs, from h₃dónts. Cognate with tosk, toskur (whence the Old Norse and Icelandic Ratatoskr and Ratatoskur respectively), and . More at tooth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tusk(noun)

    same as Torsk

  2. Tusk(noun)

    one of the elongated incisor or canine teeth of the wild boar, elephant, etc.; hence, any long, protruding tooth

  3. Tusk(noun)

    a toothshell, or Dentalium; -- called also tusk-shell

  4. Tusk(noun)

    a projecting member like a tenon, and serving the same or a similar purpose, but composed of several steps, or offsets. Thus, in the illustration, a is the tusk, and each of the several parts, or offsets, is called a tooth

  5. Tusk(verb)

    to bare or gnash the teeth

Freebase

  1. Tusk

    Tusks are elongated, continuously growing front teeth, usually but not always in pairs, that protrude well beyond the mouth of certain mammal species. They are most commonly canines, as with warthogs, pig, and walruses, or, in the case of elephants, elongated incisors. In most tusked species both the males and the females have tusks although the males' are larger. Tusks are generally curved, though the narwhal's sole tusk is straight and has a helical structure. In the elephant, the tusks were originally second incisors. Continuous growth is enabled by formative tissues in the apical openings of the roots of the teeth.


Translations for Tusk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tusk(noun)

one of a pair of large curved teeth which project from the mouth of certain animals eg the elephant, walrus, wild boar etc.

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