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carnassial

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adjective car·nas·si·al \kär-ˈna-sē-əl\

Definition of carnassial

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a tooth of a carnivore often larger and longer than adjacent teeth and adapted for cutting rather than tearing

carnassial noun


Origin of carnassial

French carnassier carnivorous, ultimately from Latin carn-, caro


First Known Use: circa 1852


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