American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An elongated pointed tooth, usually one of a pair, extending outside of the mouth in certain animals such as the walrus, elephant, or wild boar. Also called regionally tush2.
- n. A long projecting tooth or toothlike part.
- v. To gore or dig with the tusks or a tusk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long pointed tooth; especially, a tooth long enough to protrude from the lips when the mouth is closed. Tusks are extremely prominent in some animals, as elephants, mastodons, and other proboscideans; the narwhal among cetaceans; various pachyderms, as the hippopotamus, boar, and babirussa; the walrus among pinniped carnivores; and the fossil saber-toothed tigers among ordinary carnivores. Tusks may be upper or lower; they are usually upper, but in the dinotherium lower. They are either incisors or canines in different animals, but are usually canines. They are always paired, except in the narwhal. The single developed upper incisor of the male narwhal is the longest tusk known, reaching a length of 10 or 12 feet, and it is spirally grooved as if twisted. Elephants' tusks are upper incisors, and furnish most of the ivory of commerce. The tusks of the walrus are upper canines; those of the boar tribe are canines, both upper and lower. The tusks of the dinotherium are a pair of lower incisors turned down out of the mouth. The socalled tusks or tushes of the horse are ordinary canines. See cuts under babirussa, boar, Dinotherium, elephant, Mastodontinæ, monodon, narwhal, Phacochærus, saber-toothed, and walrus.
- n. A sharp projecting point resembling in some degree a tusk or tooth of an animal. Specifically— A tooth of a harrow.
- n. In locks, a sharp projecting point or claw which forms a means of attachment or engagement.
- n. In carpentry, a bevel shoulder on a tenon to give it additional strength.
- n. A tooth-shell. See Dentaliidæ, and cut under tooth-shell.
- To gore with the tusks.
- To move, turn, or thrust with the tusks.
- To gnash the teeth, as a boar; show the tusks.
- n. A fish: same as torsk.
- n. A tuft; a bush.
- n. One of a pair of elongated pointed teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar.
- n. A small projection on a (tusk) tenon.
- v. To dig up using a tusk, as boars do.
- v. obsolete To bare or gnash the teeth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Same as torsk.
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the elongated incisor or canine teeth of the wild boar, elephant, etc.; hence, any long, protruding tooth.
- n. (Zoöl.) A toothshell, or Dentalium; -- called also
- n. (Carp.) 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.
- v. obsolete To bare or gnash the teeth.
- n. a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses
- n. a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog
- v. remove the tusks of animals
- v. stab or pierce with a horn or tusk
- From Middle English tusk (also tux, tusch), from Old English tūx, tūsc ("grinder, canine tooth, tusk"), from Proto-Germanic *tunþskaz (“tooth”), extended form of Proto-Germanic *tanþs (“tooth”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃dónts (“tooth”). Cognate with West Frisian tosk ("tooth"), Icelandic toskur ("a tusk, tooth") (whence the Old Norse and Icelandic Ratatoskr and Ratatoskur respectively), Gothic (tunþus, "tooth") and (tundi, "thorn, tooth"). More at tooth. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English tux, tusce, from Old English tūx, tūsc, canine tooth. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Though seemingly rigid and hard, the tusk is like a membrane with an extremely sensitive surface, capable of detecting changes in water temperature, pressure, and particle gradients.”
“Now that my tusk is ugly too, I can't sleep nights just thinking about how completely ugly I am, and I weep all the time.”
“The departure of this tusk is really a great relief to me, for it had come down from its socket till I looked like one of the three fabled cabirii of Samothrace, who had got and kept possession of the solitary tooth they owned amongst them, and it shook and rattled in my mouth, so that I felt as if I was talking to a castanet accompaniment.”
“The tusk is the lower housed area that allows a major cross section of the beam to bear the weight at the joint.”
“The ring on his tusk was his own invention, as a means to”
“It happened that just at that time, the annual period for the celebration of the festival of Adonis, according to the old fashion, came round; the story being, as the poets relate, that Adonis had been loved by Venus, and slain by a boar's tusk, which is an emblem of the fruits of the earth being cut down in their prime.”
“Feranec believes that the Warren Mastodon tusk, which is 8 feet, 8 inches long, is the longest one uncovered to date.”
“Narwhal are found mostly in the Arctic circle, and are renowned for their extraordinarily long tusk, which is actually a twisted incisor tooth that projects from the left side of its upper jaw and can be up to three metres long.”
“Narwhal are found mostly in the Arctic circle, and are renowned for their extraordinarily long tusk, which is actually a twisted incisor tooth that projects from the left side of its upper jaw and can be up to three meters (10 feet) long.”
“Male elephants in particular were given special treatment, with the scientists recording data such as tusk length, thickness, angle, arrangement, as well as other characteristics ear shape, shoulder height, tail length, and scars.”
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