- (in humans) a tooth with a single projection point or elevation; canine.
Origin of cuspid
1735–45; < Latin cuspid- (stem of cuspis) point
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Examples from the Web for cuspid
Eight of these were incisors, the ninth (in the upper jaw) being a cuspid tooth.
The laterals also show three cusps, while the cuspid has two very distinct.
This grading of form is not observed in passing from the cuspid to the bicuspid in man.
- a tooth having one point; canine tooth
Word Origin and History for cuspid
1743, from Latin cuspis (genitive cuspidus) "point, pointed end" (see cusp). Of teeth, from 1878. Related: Cuspidate (adj.), attested from 1690s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having one cusp; cuspidate.