- any of the four anterior teeth in each jaw, used for cutting and gnawing.
Origin of incisor
Examples from the Web for incisor
He had only one tooth, and he ate by using his thumb as a second incisor.The Stacks: The Judas Priest Teen Suicide Trial
June 28, 2014
One source told Orth that Cruise brought in his hairstylist for Boniadi and wanted her incisor teeth filed down.Juiciest Bits From Vanity Fair’s Tom Cruise Exposé
September 5, 2012
A molar, a bicuspid, a canine, and an incisor were laid in succession on the table.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
The tools used are made of the incisor teeth of the paca and cavy.The Western World
Its tusks are not large, and are shaped like the incisor teeth.
In some cases the incisor teeth are drawn, to prevent them from biting.
The incisor teeth, in old age, have their characteristic signs.The Horse's Mouth
- a chisel-edged tooth at the front of the mouth. In man there are four in each jaw
Word Origin and History for incisor
"cutting tooth," 1670s, from Medieval Latin incisor "a cutting tooth," literally "that which cuts into," from Latin incisus, past participle of incidere (see incision). Inscisours as the name of a cutting tool is attested from early 15c.
- Any of the four teeth adapted for cutting or gnawing, having a chisel-shaped crown and a single conical root and located in the front part of both jaws in both deciduous and permanent dentitions.
- A sharp-edged tooth in mammals that is adapted for cutting or gnawing. The incisors are located in the front of the mouth between the canine teeth.