tusk

noun
\ ˈtəsk How to pronounce tusk (audio) \

Definition of tusk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an elongated greatly enlarged tooth (as of an elephant or walrus) that projects when the mouth is closed and serves especially for digging food or as a weapon broadly : a long protruding tooth
2 : one of the small projections on a tusk tenon

tusk

verb
tusked; tusking; tusks

Definition of tusk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to dig up with a tusk also : to gash with a tusk

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Other Words from tusk

Noun

tusked \ ˈtəskt How to pronounce tusked (audio) \ adjective
tusklike \ ˈtəsk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce tusklike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tusk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Older bulls accounted for all of the remains that the scientists were able to age, indicating that poachers, for now, are targeting individuals with the largest tusks. New York Times, "Poachers Are Invading Botswana, Last Refuge of African Elephants," 1 July 2019 For example, walruses rub their tusks against concrete pool edges, parrots pluck out feathers, and bears pace compulsively. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "What Science Says About Why You're Stressed and How to Cope," 21 June 2019 The warthog is stout and powerful and has a face-full of tusks, after all. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "When playing with the zoo animals isn't really play," 30 May 2019 Female narwhals also have two teeth, and sometimes can grow a tusk of their own, but not as prominently as males. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "Narwhal mom and beluga dad: Scientists are learning more about the unusual Narluga," 21 June 2019 Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Baby Archie Is Reportedly Bringing Prince William and Prince Harry Together," 13 June 2019 His earlier work showed that traffickers often separate paired tusks from the same elephants into different shipments. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Sam Wasser pours his intense passion for protecting wildlife into research and catching poachers," 21 May 2019 Approximately 100 elephants are poached/killed every day for their ivory tusks. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Baby Archie Is Reportedly Bringing Prince William and Prince Harry Together," 13 June 2019 Two walruses dueling with their tusks is easy to observe; games of hide-and-seek with sperm inside the female reproductive tract are much less so. Quanta Magazine, "Choosy Eggs May Pick Sperm for Their Genes, Defying Mendel’s Law," 15 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

He also was ordered to transfer the elephant’s tusks back to the Zimbabwean government. Washington Post, "Charges filed against South Africa hunter over ivory import," 22 May 2018 Now American Airlines is telling passengers some of their service and emotional support animals — including goats, hedgehogs and tusked creatures — can’t fly. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "American Airlines bans emotional support amphibians, ferrets, goats and more," 14 May 2018 In fact, last July Hong Kong authorities seized 7.2 tons of elephant tusks hidden under a shipment of frozen fish from Malaysia, the largest ivory bust. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Hong Kong Will Phase Out Ivory Trade by 2021," 2 Feb. 2018 TUSK TAKERS: Thai officials at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, in Bangkok, Thailand, confiscated nearly 700 pounds of African elephant tusks worth about $800,000, the Associated Press says. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "Law Enforcement Officer Fatally Shot By Suspected Poacher," 10 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of tusk

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tusk

Noun

Middle English, alteration of tux, from Old English tūx; akin to Old English tūsc tush

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Tusi

tusk

Tuskegee

tusker

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tusk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tusk

: a very long, large tooth that sticks out of the mouth of an animal (such as an elephant, walrus, or boar)

tusk

noun
\ ˈtəsk How to pronounce tusk (audio) \

Kids Definition of tusk

: a very long large tooth (as of an elephant or walrus) that sticks out when the mouth is closed and is used especially in digging and fighting

tusk

noun
\ ˈtəsk How to pronounce tusk (audio) \

Medical Definition of tusk

: an elongated greatly enlarged tooth that projects when the mouth is closed and serves for digging food or as a weapon broadly : a long protruding tooth

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