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 The carcass evidence suggests that poachers in Botswana have concentrated on tuskers, the older bulls most likely to have the largest tusks. National Geographic, "How strong is Africa’s last elephant stronghold?," 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, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 13 June 2019 This year, though, the 55-year-old tusker was also the centre of a major political controversy. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "This elephant-obsessed Indian state is finally stepping in to protect abused captive animals," 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, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 According to the group’s estimates, there are only around 50 great tuskers left in whole Africa. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Nearly 90 elephants slain in Botswana amid anti-poaching unit disarmament," 18 Sep. 2018 Sato II was named after another giant tusker, Sato, who was killed in 2014. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, "One of Africa's Oldest Elephants Has Been Killed By Poachers," 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, "One of Africa's Oldest Elephants Has Been Killed By Poachers," 7 Mar. 2017 Sato II is part of a group of esteemed elephants known as the giant tuskers — according to Moller one of Sato's tusks alone weighed 112 pounds. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, "One of Africa's Oldest Elephants Has Been Killed By Poachers," 7 Mar. 2017

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Tusker.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tusker. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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