from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To gore or dig with the tusks or a tusk.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. To bare or gnash the teeth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as torsk.
- n. One of the elongated incisor or canine teeth of the wild boar, elephant, etc.; hence, any long, protruding tooth.
- n. A toothshell, or Dentalium; -- called also tusk-shell.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To bare or gnash the teeth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long pointed tooth; especially, a tooth long enough to protrude from the lips when the mouth is closed.
- n. A sharp projecting point resembling in some degree a tusk or tooth of an animal.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English tux, tusce, from Old English tūx, tūsc, canine tooth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)