(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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.