- in elephants, wild boars, walruses, etc., a very long, large, pointed tooth, usually one of a pair, projecting outside the mouth and used for defense, digging up food, etc.
- any tooth or projection suggestive of a tusk
Origin of tuskME, by metathesis ; from Old English tucs, akin to Old Frisian tusk ; from Proto-Germanic an unverified form tunth-ska ; from an unverified form tunth-, an unverified form tanth-: see tooth
Origin of tuskOf North Germanic origin; akin to dialectal Norwegian tosk and Faroese toskur, cod, both from Old Norse thorskr; see ters- in Indo-European roots.
- An elongated pointed tooth, usually one of a pair, extending outside of the mouth in certain animals such as the walrus, elephant, or wild boar.
- A long projecting tooth or toothlike part.
tr. & intr.v.tusked, tusk·ing, tusks
Origin of tuskMiddle English tux, tusce, from Old English t&umacron;x, t&umacron;sc, canine tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.
of an African elephant
- One of a pair of elongated pointed teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar.
- Until the CITES sales ban, elephant tusks were the 'backbone' of the legal ivory trade.
- A small projection on a (tusk) tenon.
- A tusk shell.
- (carpentry) A projecting member like a tenon, and serving the same or a similar purpose, but composed of several steps, or offsets, called teeth.
(third-person singular simple present tusks, present participle tusking, simple past and past participle tusked)
- To dig up using a tusk, as boars do.
From Middle English tusk (also tux, tusch), from Old English tÅ«x, tÅ«sc (“grinder, canine tooth, tusk"), from Proto-Germanic *tunÃ¾skaz (“tooth"), extended form of Proto-Germanic *tanÃ¾s (“tooth"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚ƒdÃ³nts (“tooth"). Cognate with West Frisian tosk (“tooth"), Icelandic toskur (“a tusk, tooth") (whence the Old Norse and Icelandic Ratatoskr and Ratatoskur respectively), Gothic [script?] (tunÃ¾us, “tooth") and [script?] (tundi, “thorn, tooth"). More at tooth.
- A fish, the torsk.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.