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 Narwhals, recognizable by their large single tusk, make distinct sounds that are now being analyzed in depth by researchers. Julia Rosen, Scientific American, "Unicorns of the Sea Reveal Sound Activities," 18 June 2020 Concentrate on the higher eye-​shaped notch on the left side, and a tusk curves below it, revealing a mammoth. Popular Science, "This ancient optical illusion is a 14,000-year-old puzzle," 23 Mar. 2020 The owner of a downtown Anchorage gallery that peddles historical curiosities has been charged with illegally trafficking walrus tusk ivory and tax evasion, according to a statement Thursday from federal prosecutors. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage gallery owner charged with illegally buying and selling walrus ivory, tax evasion," 23 Apr. 2020 The elephant ran a tusk through his leg, narrowly missing the femoral artery. Margalit Fox, New York Times, "Peter Beard, “The End of the Game”," 19 Apr. 2020 Your brain’s visual cortex makes sense of this low-level information, and then hands it off to a set of high-level processing neurons, which parses features like fur or tusks. Popular Science, "This ancient optical illusion is a 14,000-year-old puzzle," 23 Mar. 2020 Female Asian elephants usually don’t have tusks at all, and only some Asian males have prominent ones. Justin Mott, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Are Learning How Asian Elephants Think—In Order to Save Them," 19 Mar. 2020 Hippos have tusks that are made of ivory and are used for fighting and defending their children. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "10 facts about Cincinnati Zoo's Fiona the hippo you may not have known," 17 Mar. 2020 Leakey wanted to stigmatize the ivory trade by treating poached tusks in the same way that police treated cocaine seized from drug traffickers. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "Can the Wildlife of East Africa Be Saved? A Visit with Richard Leakey," 20 Feb. 2020 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, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 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, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 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, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 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, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 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, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 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, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 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, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 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, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of tusk was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

26 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tusk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tusk. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for tusk

tusk

noun
How to pronounce tusk (audio)

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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