- (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 tuskless
Historical Examples of tuskless
When the tusks get broken—a not uncommon thing—he must remain toothless or “tuskless” for the rest of his life.The Bush Boys
Captain Mayne Reid
He sat behind his desk like a tuskless sea lion crouched behind a rock, and his cheeks merged into jowls and obliterated his neck.Citadel
Algirdas Jonas Budrys
A cock without spurs has the same name as a tuskless elephant,—makhna.Beast and Man in India
John Lockwood Kipling
We now know the complete series of steps connecting elephants with ordinary trunkless, tuskless mammals.More Science From an Easy Chair
Sir E. Ray (Edwin Ray) Lankester
- 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
Word Origin and History for tuskless
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.