[ kuhs-pid ]
/ ˈkʌs pɪd /


(in humans) a tooth with a single projection point or elevation; canine.

Nearby words

  1. cusp,
  2. cusp height,
  3. cuspal,
  4. cuspate,
  5. cusped,
  6. cuspidal,
  7. cuspidate,
  8. cuspidation,
  9. cuspidor,
  10. cuss

Origin of cuspid

1735–45; < Latin cuspid- (stem of cuspis) point

Related formsmul·ti·cus·pid, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cuspid

  • The laterals also show three cusps, while the cuspid has two very distinct.

    Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot
  • This grading of form is not observed in passing from the cuspid to the bicuspid in man.

    Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot
  • Eight of these were incisors, the ninth (in the upper jaw) being a cuspid tooth.

    Degeneracy|Eugene S. Talbot

British Dictionary definitions for cuspid


/ (ˈkʌspɪd) /


a tooth having one point; canine tooth
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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

Medicine definitions for cuspid


[ kŭspĭd ]


canine tooth


Having one cusp; cuspidate.

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