Other Word Forms
Origin of tusk
- Middle English tux, tusce from Old English tūx, tūsc canine tooth dent- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English tusk (also tux, tusch), from Old English tÅ«x, tÅ«sc (“grinder, canine tooth, tusk"), from Proto-Germanic *tunþskaz (“tooth"), extended form of Proto-Germanic *tanþs (“tooth"), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃dónts (“tooth"). Cognate with West Frisian tosk (“tooth"), Icelandic toskur (“a tusk, tooth") (whence the Old Norse and Icelandic Ratatoskr and Ratatoskur respectively), Gothic [script?] (tunþus, “tooth") and [script?] (tundi, “thorn, tooth"). More at tooth.