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noun Dentistry.
  1. an artificial tooth in a bridge.
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Origin of pontic

1930–35; < Latin pont- (stem of pōns) bridge + -ic
Also called dummy.


  1. pertaining to the Pontus Euxinus or to Pontus.
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Origin of Pontic

From the Greek word Pontikós, dating back to 1470–80. See Pontus, -ic
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Examples from the Web for pontic

Historical Examples

  • The reader will remember Othello's 'Pontic sea' with its 'violent pace.'

    Shakespearean Tragedy

    A. C. Bradley

  • (e) is the famous passage about the Pontic Sea, and I reserve it for the present.

  • First his patrimony was mangled; secondly the Pontic spoils; then thirdly the Iberian, which the golden Tagus-stream knoweth.

  • A great trade was carried on in those times in dried fish from the Pontic or Black Sea.

  • As the ermine was called the Pontic mouse, the beaver was named the Pontic dog.

British Dictionary definitions for pontic


  1. denoting or relating to the Black Sea
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin Ponticus, from Greek, from Pontos Pontus
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Word Origin and History for pontic



1550s; see Pontus + -ic.

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pontic in Medicine


  1. An artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture.
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