[ dawg-tooth, dog- ]

  1. Also dog tooth . a canine tooth.

  2. Architecture. any of a series of small pyramidal ornaments, usually formed by a radiating arrangement of four sculptured leaves, set close together in a concave molding, used especially in England in the 13th century.

Origin of dogtooth

First recorded in 1545–55; dog + tooth

Words Nearby dogtooth Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for dogtooth


/ (ˈdɒɡˌtuːθ) /

nounplural -teeth
  1. another name for a canine (def. 3)

  2. architect a carved ornament in the form of four leaflike projections radiating from a raised centre, used in England in the 13th century

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