- (in certain animals) a tooth developed to great length, usually one of a pair, as in the elephant, walrus, and wild boar, but singly in the narwhal.
- a long, pointed, or protruding tooth.
- a projection resembling the tusk of an animal.
- Also called gain. Carpentry. a diagonally cut shoulder at the end of a timber for strengthening a tenon.
- to dig up or tear off with the tusks.
- to gore with a tusk.
- to dig up or thrust at the ground with the tusks.
Origin of tusk
Examples from the Web for tusk
Contemporary Examples of tusk
In the film world, it was really Kevin Smith who brought Osment back into the fold with Tusk.Gone Guy: The Return of Haley Joel Osment
October 29, 2014
Johnny Depp has a pretty sizeable role in Tusk as the Montreal private eye Guy LaPointe.Kevin Smith's Marijuanaissance: On 'Tusk,' 'Falling Out' with Ben Affleck, and 20 Years of 'Clerks'
September 9, 2014
The first sequence of the show was set to "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac.‘The Americans’ Showrunners Dissect the Secrets of Season 2
February 27, 2014
As a patron of Tusk Trust, a conservation charity, Williamtravelled to Botswana in 2010 to raise awareness of the issue.Charles, William and Tyke Launch Fresh Anti-Poaching Campaign
May 21, 2013
The film aims to raise awareness and funds for Tusk Trust, a UK-based conservation charity, of which Prince William is patron.William and Kate Out and About as First Anniversary Approaches
April 25, 2012
Historical Examples of tusk
When the balance was swung true, he tried to lift a tusk into the scale.Tales of Unrest
How I should like to see the enormous rat that could have carried such a tusk!The Rambles of a Rat
A. L. O. E.
Like lightning the hog threw him and then ripped him with his tusk.Old Rail Fence Corners
As for his face, all tusk and jaw and no brow, where had Parr gotten such an idea of it?The Devil's Asteroid
Manly Wade Wellman
Tusk underlies its cloth empurpled by juice of the dye-shell.The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus
Caius Valerius Catullus
- a pointed elongated usually paired tooth in the elephant, walrus, and certain other mammals that is often used for fighting
- the canine tooth of certain animals, esp horses
- a sharp pointed projection
- Also called: tusk tenon building trades a tenon shaped with an additional oblique shoulder to make a stronger joint
- to stab, tear, or gore with the tusks
Word Origin for tusk
Old English tux, tusc, cognate with Old Frisian tusk, probably from Proto-Germanic *tunthskaz (cf. Gothic tunþus "tooth"), extended form of the root of tooth. But there are no certain cognates outside Anglo-Frisian.
- A long, pointed tooth, usually one of a pair, projecting from the mouth of certain animals, such as elephants, walruses, and wild pigs. Tusks are used for procuring food and as weapons.