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  • n. Plural form of tusk.


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  • Reflect that, although the graph refers to tusks obtained from licensed kills, the selection pressure that produced the trend could well have come mostly from poaching.


  • Sprouting behind the tusks was a snaggle of fangs that glistened razor-sharp in the argent twilight.

    Jed the Dead

  • Taking out the tusks was a delicate task: a slip of the axe would scar the ivory and halve its value.

    When the Lion Feeds

  • Only you would imagine that writing an article about elephant poaching in Kenya would be ambiguous without the author pompously trumpeting "Killing elephants illegally for their tusks is a huge sin and I condemn it in all possible terms."


  • BTW, my first thought on seeing the "tusks" on the mole rat was that it had French fries stuck up its nose.

    Creepy Crawly Cakes

  • Before she woke up, he removed the "tusks" and put in the proper replacement teeth.

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • When a man can kill bison for their tongues alone, bull elk for their "tusks" alone, and shoot a whole colony of hippopotami, -- actually damming a river with their bloated and putrid carcasses, all untouched by the knife, -- the men who do such things must be classed with the cruel wolf and the criminal dog.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life Its Extermination and Preservation

  • Mr. Batten adds that in imagining what kind of Demon the Eclipse Demon was, the Jataka writer was probably aided by recollections of some giant octopus, who has saucer eyes and a kind of hawk's beak, knobs on its "tusks," and a very variegated belly

    Indian Fairy Tales

  • Also the billet sensors (aka "tusks") were plastic and did not resemble the film ones in the least in terms of surface or, really, shape.

    Home Theater Forum

  • This most certainly marked it as an early proboscidean as members of this group of mammals had the number of their incisors reduced during their evolutionary history, with many later forms (including modern elephants) retaining only the modified second incisors commonly called "tusks" in the upper jaw.

    ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science


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