tooth·pick | \ ˈtüth-ˌpik \

Definition of toothpick 

: a pointed instrument (such as a slender tapering piece of wood) for removing food particles lodged between the teeth

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One of the bird's feet was found sticking out of the frog's mouth like a toothpick, photos show. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Radio tagged birds tracked to last place you'd imagine - another animal's stomach," 2 July 2018 Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean, about 50 to 55 minutes. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Fourth of July with these Louisville chef throwback recipes," 2 July 2018 Roast just until stems are tender when pierced with a cake tester or toothpick, 8–12 minutes. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Cauliflower Steaks," 26 Mar. 2018 Secure the roll with two toothpicks, as close to the bottom of one end, to form a cross. Fox News, "Chef Mark Bailey's Last-Minute Romantic Valentine's Day Dinner!," 14 Feb. 2018 The toothpick will rest on the Styrofoam raft, whereas the sponge will rest in the raft's square hole. Science Buddies, Scientific American, "Surface Tension Science: Build a Raft Powered by Soap," 26 June 2014 Add ice to serving glass, and pour in blended mocktail. Garnish with a stalk of fresh celery, and a toothpick of alternating all natural olives and pickle slices., "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Pierce 1 anchovy fillet, close to one end, on a roughly 4-inch skewer or toothpick, leaving roughly ½ inch between anchovy and tip of skewer. Jonah Miller, WSJ, "Throw a Summer Party the Effortless Spanish Way," 6 July 2018 To keep it simple, carve your name onto the candle using a toothpick or other safe pointy object, along with symbols such as dollar signs that represent your desires. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Harness the Magical Power of Each Moon Phase," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of toothpick

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of toothpick

: a short, pointed stick used for removing small pieces of food from between your teeth


tooth·pick | \ ˈtüth-ˌpik \

Kids Definition of toothpick

: a pointed instrument for removing bits of food caught between the teeth


tooth·pick | \ -ˌpik \

Medical Definition of toothpick 

: a pointed instrument (as a slender tapering piece of wood) used for removing food particles lodged between the teeth

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