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wisdom tooth

noun

  1. the third molar on each side of the upper and lower jaws: the last tooth to erupt.


wisdom tooth

noun

  1. any of the four molar teeth, one at the back of each side of the jaw, that are the last of the permanent teeth to erupt Technical namethird molar
  2. cut one's wisdom teeth
    cut one's wisdom teeth to arrive at the age of discretion


wisdom tooth

/ wĭzdəm /

  1. One of four molars, the last on each side of both jaws in humans, usually appearing in young adulthood.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of wisdom tooth1

First recorded in 1660–70

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Idioms and Phrases

Idioms
  1. cut one's wisdom teeth, to attain maturity or discretion.

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Example Sentences

The post We finally know why we grow wisdom teeth as adults appeared first on Popular Science.

Lots of people in the US get their wisdom teeth taken out, which might make you think that they’re some kind of evolutionary leftover—some artifact of a prehistoric life that’s no longer relevant.

It’s just one dental milestone and one of three molar milestones, but until recently we had no idea why wisdom teeth emerged so late in life.

Each one will be perfectly engineered to its niche, without the awkward wisdom teeth and appendixes that we carry with us, and that betray our origins as creatures not designed by anyone.

Another writer takes off patches of the diseased tissue, and another a strip of the gum, from wisdom-tooth to wisdom-tooth.

But you might get that cavity in your upper right wisdom tooth taken care of.

The last lower molar (wisdom tooth) of the gibbon is like that of man, quadri-tuberculate.

"And they pulled a rotten wisdom tooth for me," said Watkins.

The right upper wisdom-tooth, the molar next to it, and the second lower molar on the left side, had all extensive gold fillings.

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