carnassial

[ kahr-nas-ee-uhl ]
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adjective
  1. (of teeth) adapted for shearing flesh.

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

Origin of carnassial

1
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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British Dictionary definitions for carnassial

carnassial

/ (kɑːˈnæsɪəl) /


adjective
  1. 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
  1. a carnassial tooth

Origin of carnassial

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

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