tusker

noun
tusk·​er | \ ˈtə-skər How to pronounce tusker (audio) \

Definition of tusker

: an animal with tusks especially : a male elephant with two normally developed tusks

Examples of tusker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From the spirit of the smallest hummingbird to the largest super-tusker, the divine in you recognizes the divine and them — differently powerful, but equally important. Shayna Conde, Allure, 28 Feb. 2022 The carcass evidence suggests that poachers in Botswana have concentrated on tuskers, the older bulls most likely to have the largest tusks. National Geographic, 13 June 2019 No major temple festival or procession—Kerala has over 10,000 of them annually— is complete without a tusker. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, 13 June 2019 This year, though, the 55-year-old tusker was also the centre of a major political controversy. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, 13 June 2019 On the far bank a bull elephant appeared, a big male tusker, a famous figure in these parts. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 21 Dec. 2018 According to the group’s estimates, there are only around 50 great tuskers left in whole Africa. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, 18 Sep. 2018 Sato II was named after another giant tusker, Sato, who was killed in 2014. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, 7 Mar. 2017 Sato's death leaves only about 25 giant tuskers left — 15 of which reside in Kenya — and adds to over 30,000 elephants slaughtered yearly for tusk ivory. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, 7 Mar. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of tusker

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Tusker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tusker. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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