Definitions

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  • n. A toothpick.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A toothpick.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 1. An instrument for picking or cleaning the teeth; a toothpick.
  • n. An umbelliferous plant, Ammi Visnaga, of southern Europe: so called from the use made in Spain of the rays of the main umbel.

Etymologies

pick +‎ tooth (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As for the meat of this country, I can scarce eat it; and, though we pay two good shillings a head for our dinner, I find it all so tough that I have spent less time with my knife than my picktooth.

    Oliver Goldsmith

  • And this unhappy fancy fixing itself in his head, as he searched for it everywhere with the lanthorn of desire, it grew in four seconds from a picktooth to a pole, from a crab-apple to an Indian pumpkin, from barber's embers to a glass furnace, and from a dwarf to a giant; insomuch that he thought of nothing else than the image of that object encrusted in his heart as stone to stone.

    Pentamerone. English

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  • What a word. It's a compound word that can be flipped and retain the same meaning!

    November 12, 2011