American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An animal, such as a wild boar, that has tusks.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A wild boar with large tusks.
- n. An elephant whose tusks are grown and retained.
- n. An animal, such as a bull elephant or a boar, with large tusks.
- n. UK, Orkney, Shetland A tool used in peat cutting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An elephant having large tusks.
- n. (Zoöl.) A large wild boar.
- n. any mammal with prominent tusks (especially an elephant or wild boar)
- From Old Norse torfskeri, from torf ("turf") + skera ("to cut"). (Wiktionary)
“Closely related to the wild boar (Sus scrofa), also sometimes called a tusker, are the bearded pig (Sus barbatus) of Borneo and Malaya, the crested pig (Sus cristata) of East Asia, etc. The American humorist, Ellis Parker Butler (1869-1937), scored his first great success (in 1906) with a book entitled Pigs is Pigs.”
“They would consume your fallen body in a moment, and I know that a "tusker" would sever a femoral artery and dispatch a hunter or child if it felt provoked, even if that very child had hand fed it that morning.”
“Professor Romanes gives an instance of a fine 'tusker' which, when badly wounded, was promptly surrounded by his companions.”
“In Ceylon, a "tusker" is a kind of spectre, to be talked of by a few who have had the good luck to see one.”
“Hell hath no fury like a male elephant scorned, a team of park rangers agree as they search the jungles of southern India for a rogue 'tusker' which has killed at least 12 females which rejected him.”
“It is a spot so far removed from human care that I have seen, a few yards from the tents, fresh tracks made by the wild boar as he has rooted o 'nights; and once, as I sat looking out over the water when the rest of the camp was asleep, a dark shadow passed, not fifty yards distant, going head to wind up the hill, and I knew it for "tusker" wending his way to the village gardens, where the maize was green.”
“The 42-year-old Indian tusker – called Sony – died two months ago of heart failure and the plan to turn the enourmous corpse into bio diesel was agreed on after a special park task force was set up to work out how best to work out what to do with the body of the prízed symbol of peace and friendship.”
“If you have one guy with binoculars, your chances of seeing a tusker are pretty limited and it will take a long time to succeed.”
“South Africa lifted a 13-year ban on killing elephants Thursday - a move conservationists warn could encourage poachers to slaughter the animals for ivory and threaten dwindling tusker populations elsewhere on the continent.”
“Missed out on getting a glimpse of the old tusker who raids the vegetable garden at the Tallayar plantation, though.”
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