carnassial

adjective
car·​nas·​si·​al | \ kär-ˈna-sē-əl How to pronounce carnassial (audio) \

Definition of carnassial

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

Other Words from carnassial

carnassial noun

First Known Use of carnassial

circa 1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carnassial

French carnassier carnivorous, ultimately from Latin carn-, caro

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“Carnassial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/carnassial. Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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