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

Other Words from tusk

Noun

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

Examples of tusk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The exhibit features a cast of a narwhal tusk, with height measurements displayed on the wall alongside it. Meghan Willcoxon, Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2022 The narwhal's most famous feature – that incredibly large tusk – is actually a tooth. Meghan Willcoxon, Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2022 Hidden in the tusk of a 34-year-old mastodon was a record of time and space that cracked the mystery of his life. Peter Brannen, The Atlantic, 22 June 2022 Tuskless mothers, on the other hand, had about an equal proportion of daughters with or without tusks (or, in some cases, with a single tusk). Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, 21 Oct. 2021 Fisher cut a long, thin section from the center of the 9.5-foot-long (3-meter-long) right tusk. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 13 June 2022 For example, the sudden inclusion of an uncommon walrus tusk carved in the three-dimensional Nunivak Island style would have otherwise been unlikely, according to Demma. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 Sampling along the entire tusk like this provides a record of the mammoth’s entire life. Sara Harrison, Wired, 12 Aug. 2021 Warmer summers – the Arctic is warming two times faster than the global average – have weakened the permafrost layer and lengthened the tusk-hunting season. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 Sulawesi is home to species found nowhere else, including vibrant hornbills, miniature water buffalo, tusked deer-pigs and some tarsiers, a small, nocturnal primate. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Nov. 2019 See More

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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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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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