from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Adapted for tearing apart flesh: carnassial teeth.
- n. A tooth adapted for tearing apart flesh, especially one of the last upper premolar or first lower molar teeth in carnivorous mammals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One of the teeth used by a carnivore for shearing flesh, being the last upper premolar and the first lower molar.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Adapted to eating flesh.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sectorial; adapted for cutting and tearing flesh: applied to the specialized trenchant or cutting molar or premolar of the Carnivora.
- n. A sectorial tooth; the last upper premolar or first lower molar tooth of those Carnivora which have a typically carnivorous dentition, as the cat or dog.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of a tooth) adapted for shearing flesh
From French carnassier, carnivorous, from Provençal, from carnasso, meat in abundance, from carn, flesh, from Latin carō, carn-; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)