Definition of tusk
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
tuskedplay \ˈtəskt\ adjective
tusklikeplay \ˈtəsk-ˌlīk\ adjective
Recent Examples of tusk from the Web
After Houde was alerted to the discovery, the stegomastodon’s jaw and two pieces of tusk were transported to the Vertebrate Museum at NMSU.
In November, crews found a 3-foot section of tusk from an adult mammoth; teeth of a mastodon; and a nearly intact skull of a young mammoth.
And last month, Bhejane Trust reported that a total of 10 elephants had been poisoned near the park over the course of a few days, another instance of poachers using black-market cyanide to cheaply and quietly kill elephants for their ivory tusks.
Saws have replaced the walrus tusk knives that the Inuit favored for building igloos a generation ago.
Lacking the real thing, it was actually carved out of narwhal tusk.
A daily selection of fish, including cod, wolf fish and tusk, is fried in spelt batter or baked.
Her first big find along the subway extension came last November, when workers at the site of the future La Brea station unearthed a small mammoth or mastodon skull, its tusks still attached.
His 17-inch tusks help distinguish him from the females.
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Origin and Etymology of tusk
Middle English, alteration of tux, from Old English tūx; akin to Old English tūsc tush
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of tusk
: to dig up with a tusk; also : to gash with a tusk
First Known Use of tusk
TUSK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tusk for English Language Learners
: a very long, large tooth that sticks out of the mouth of an animal (such as an elephant, walrus, or boar)
TUSK Defined for Kids
Definition of tusk for Students
: 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
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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