tusk

[ tuhsk ]
/ tʌsk /

noun

verb (used with object)

to dig up or tear off with the tusks.
to gore with a tusk.

verb (used without object)

to dig up or thrust at the ground with the tusks.

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Origin of tusk

before 900; Middle English, metathetic variant of tux,Old English, variant of tusctush2; cognate with Old Frisian tusk; akin to tooth

OTHER WORDS FROM tusk

tuskless, adjectivetusklike, adjectiveun·tusked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tusk

tusk
/ (tʌsk) /

noun

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

verb

to stab, tear, or gore with the tusks

Derived forms of tusk

tusked, adjectivetusklike, adjective

Word Origin for tusk

Old English tūsc; related to Old Frisian tosk; see tooth
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Scientific definitions for tusk

tusk
[ tŭsk ]

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.
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