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carnassial

[ kahr-nas-ee-uhl ]
/ kɑrˈnæs i əl /
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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.
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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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British Dictionary definitions for carnassial

carnassial
/ (kɑːˈnæsɪəl) /

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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