What does Tusk mean?

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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"


  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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tusk

    tusk, n. a long, protruding tooth on either side of the mouth of certain animals: a sharp point: the share of a plough.—v.t. to gore with the tusks.—adjs. Tusked, Tusk′y.—n. Tusk′er, an elephant whose tusks are grown. [A.S. tusc, tux; Ice. toskr.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tusk

    A type of front teeth that grow in certain mammal species.

    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.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tusk in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tusk in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo:

    It seems to me that he had a chance to ... ease this unjustified row around Poland, tusk, as a high-ranking European politician should aim at that.

  2. Peter Houde:

    That one lacks the jaw and it appears the ends of both tusks were broken off, ours includes the jaw but is missing one tusk so far - we may find it yet.

  3. John Cruden:

    Each illegally traded horn or tusk represents not an antique object but a dead animal. Wildlife trafficking entails poaching, bribery, smuggling and organized crime.

  4. Europe Minister David Lidington:

    Things will become clearer, I think, for everybody when the Prime Minister’s letter to (President of the European Council) Donald Tusk is published, which I expect in the first half of next week.

  5. Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades:

    I conveyed to President Tusk our position that the Republic of Cyprus does not intend to consent to the opening of any chapters if Turkey does not fulfill its obligations as described in the negotiating framework.

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