tusker

noun
tusk·​er | \ ˈtə-skər \

Definition of tusker

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

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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 Behind them came colleagues on mighty tusker elephants. The Economist, "A tiger’s taleWhat an Indian tiger’s bid for freedom says about humans and nature," 20 Dec. 2017 One of Kenya's last great tusker elephants was reportedly shot and killed by poachers. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants May Have Been Killed by Poachers," 7 Mar. 2017 Tuskers play a significant role in elephant society. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "One of Africa's Last Great Tusker Elephants May Have Been Killed by Poachers," 7 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tusker

1846, in the meaning defined above

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