dog·​tooth | \ ˈdȯg-ˌtüth How to pronounce dogtooth (audio) \

Definition of dogtooth

2 : an architectural ornament common in early English Gothic consisting usually of four leaves radiating from a raised point at the center
3 chiefly British : houndstooth

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Recent Examples on the Web Since the levee broke in 2016, as much as 95% of Dogtooth Bend — named because the peninsula looks like a dogtooth on the map — has been covered in 3 feet of water, Denny said. Patrick M. O'connell,, "Barges stranded, levees breached and a town in danger: How the Mississippi River is dividing a community — literally — in southern Illinois," 26 Nov. 2019 Sprouse rocked a very Jughead-esque black beanie with a leather bomber jacket, while Reinhardt channeled a bit of Betty Cooper in a preppy knee-length dogtooth overcoat. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart Were Just Spotted Arriving at LAX Together," 5 Apr. 2018 For her last look of the day (so far), Lively suited up in a dogtooth jumpsuit from Chanel's Fall 2017 collection. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Blake Lively Has Already Worn Five Outfits Today," 16 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of dogtooth

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dogtooth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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