carnassial

[kahr-nas-ee-uh l]Zoology

adjective

(of teeth) adapted for shearing flesh.

noun

a carnassial tooth, especially the last upper premolar or the first lower molar tooth of certain carnivores.

Origin of carnassial

1840–50; < French carnassi(er) flesh-eating (< Provençal, equivalent to carnasse augmentative derivative of carn flesh, meat (< Latin carn-, stem of carō) + -ier -ary) + -al1
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carnassial

adjective

zoology of, relating to, or designating the last upper premolar and first lower molar teeth of carnivores, which have sharp edges for tearing flesh

noun

a carnassial tooth

Word Origin for carnassial

C19: from French carnassier meat-eating, from Provençal, from carnasso abundance of meat, from carn meat, flesh, from Latin carō
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