[ley-nee-er-ee, lan-ee-]


(of teeth) adapted for tearing.


a laniary tooth; a canine of daggerlike shape.

Origin of laniary

1820–30; < Latin laniārius of a butcher, equivalent to lani(us) butcher + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(esp of canine teeth) adapted for tearing

noun plural -aries

a tooth adapted for tearing

Word Origin for laniary

C19: from Latin lanius butcher, from laniāre to tear
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