dog·​tooth ˈdȯg-ˌtüth How to pronounce dogtooth (audio)
: an architectural ornament common in early English Gothic consisting usually of four leaves radiating from a raised point at the center
chiefly British : houndstooth

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Examples of dogtooth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Large fish—goldblotch, dogtooth and dusky groupers—swam past. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, 27 May 2022 The clock tower, for instance, is animated by a dogtooth brick patterning, set on all four of its sides, and not just the outward-facing front — an expense that in a lesser project would have been value engineered out of existence. Dallas News, 2 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dogtooth was in 1552

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“Dogtooth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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