- (of teeth) adapted for tearing.
- a laniary tooth; a canine of daggerlike shape.
Origin of laniary
1820–30; < Latin laniārius of a butcher, equivalent to lani(us) butcher + -ārius -ary
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Examples from the Web for laniary
These are principally their claws, or laniary teeth; for they are seldom armed with incisive or molary teeth.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)
- (esp of canine teeth) adapted for tearing
- a tooth adapted for tearing
C19: from Latin lanius butcher, from laniāre to tear
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