Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A canine tooth of the upper jaw.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A tooth under the eye: a name given to the two canine teeth of the upper jaw, between the incisors and premolars. Also called dog-tooth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) A canine tooth of the upper jaw.
  • noun [Colloq.] to become acute or knowing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a canine tooth of the upper jaw

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars
  • noun one of the four pointed conical teeth (two in each jaw) located between the incisors and the premolars

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Perhaps so called from its location immediately below the eye.]

Examples

  • In the procedure -- which was pioneered in Italy but was a first in the United States -- the medical team extracted Thornton's canine or "eyetooth" and surrounding bone, shaved and sculpted it, and drilled a hole into it to insert an optical cylinder lens.

    The Medical Quack

  • Later he would go to sleep with the throbbing around the hole that had once sheltered his eyetooth, but happy to be able to join the brotherhood of the toothless.

    Yoani Sanchez: Realities of The Cuban Gulag

  • That got her to smile a smile so wide and happy that I saw her left eyetooth was slightly crooked.

    Must Love Black

  • That got her to smile a smile so wide and happy that I saw her left eyetooth was slightly crooked.

    Must Love Black

  • That got her to smile a smile so wide and happy that I saw her left eyetooth was slightly crooked.

    Must Love Black

  • That got her to smile a smile so wide and happy that I saw her left eyetooth was slightly crooked.

    Must Love Black

  • The bear's eyetooth caught in his scalp and cut the top of his ear off, slicing a wide furrow around his head.

    How Three Men Survived Attacks by Grizzly Bears

  • I look from the crooked part of her hair to the eyetooth that's twisted the tiniest bit – the little flaws that made her more striking instead of less so.

    Vanishing Acts

  • There was a long pause and Junior stood sucking on an eyetooth and studying deep on something, and then he said, “What you about to learn is they ain't no balm in Gilead.”

    Cold Mountain

  • Rollo, upper lip lifted just enough to show a menacing eyetooth, shoved his nose into the visitor's armpit, sniffed, then jerked back his head and sneezed explosively.

    Drums of Autumn

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