tusk

[ tuhsk ]
/ tʌsk /
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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.

Origin of tusk

before 900; Middle English, metathetic variant of tux, Old English, variant of tusc tush2; cognate with Old Frisian tusk; akin to tooth
Related formstusk·less, adjectivetusk·like, adjectiveun·tusked, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tuskless

  • 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
  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for tuskless

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 Formstusked, adjectivetusklike, adjective

Word Origin for tusk

Old English tūsc; related to Old Frisian tosk; see tooth
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Word Origin and History for tuskless

tusk


n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for tuskless

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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