- an artificial tooth in a bridge.
Origin of pontic
1930–35; < Latin pont- (stem of pōns) bridge + -ic
Also called dummy.
- pertaining to the Pontus Euxinus or to Pontus.
Origin of Pontic
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Examples from the Web for pontic
The reader will remember Othello's 'Pontic sea' with its 'violent pace.'
(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.The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus
Caius Valerius Catullus
A great trade was carried on in those times in dried fish from the Pontic or Black Sea.Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV
As the ermine was called the Pontic mouse, the beaver was named the Pontic dog.
- denoting or relating to the Black Sea
C15: from Latin Ponticus, from Greek, from Pontos Pontus
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Word Origin and History for pontic
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- An artificial tooth on a fixed partial denture.
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