designating or of teeth of a flesh-eating animal specialized for slicing or shearing rather than tearing, esp. the last premolars of the upper jaw and the first molars of the lower jaw
Origin of carnassialfrom French carnassier, carnivorous from Provençal carnasa, bad flesh (+ pejorative -acea) from carn, flesh from Classical Latin caro: see carnage
a carnassial tooth
Adapted for tearing apart flesh: carnassial teeth.
A tooth adapted for tearing apart flesh, especially one of the last upper premolar or first lower molar teeth in carnivorous mammals.
Origin of carnassialFrom French carnassier carnivorous from Provençal from carnasso meat in abundance from carn flesh from Latin carō carn-; see sker-1 in Indo-European roots.