Wisdom-tooth meaning

One of four rearmost molars on each side of the upper and lower jaw in humans. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, typically in early adulthood.
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The back tooth on each side of each jaw in human beings; any of the four third molars appearing usually between the ages of 17 and 25
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One of four rearmost molars, located one each on both sides of the upper and lower jaw in humans. Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt, typically in early adulthood.
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One of four molars, the last on each side of both jaws in humans, usually appearing in young adulthood.
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(dentistry) One of the four (one upper and one lower on each side) rearmost molars in humans, which typically develop between ages 18-24.
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Attributive form of wisdom tooth, noun.

Wisdom-tooth pain.

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cut one's wisdom teeth
  • To arrive at the age of discretion.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

cut one's wisdom teeth

Origin of wisdom-tooth

  • Translation of New Latin dēns sapientiae dēns tooth sapientiae genitive of sapientia wisdom
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • A calque of Latin dÄ“ns sapientiae.
    From Wiktionary