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[ley-nee-er-ee, lan-ee-]
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  1. (of teeth) adapted for tearing.
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  1. a laniary tooth; a canine of daggerlike shape.
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Origin of laniary

1820–30; < Latin laniārius of a butcher, equivalent to lani(us) butcher + -ārius -ary
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Historical Examples

  • These are principally their claws, or laniary teeth; for they are seldom armed with incisive or molary teeth.

    An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)

    William Kirby

British Dictionary definitions for laniary


  1. (esp of canine teeth) adapted for tearing
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noun plural -aries
  1. a tooth adapted for tearing
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin lanius butcher, from laniāre to tear
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