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 tusk (audio) \ adjective
tusklike \ ˈtəsk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce tusk (audio) \ adjective

Examples of tusk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An ivory tusk that adorned an altar commissioned by a mid-19th century oba, carved with elaborate figures, was bought at a 1931 London auction. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Fowler Museum recently announced plans to hold talks with the LRT about the repatriation of 18 looted Benin objects in its collections, including two bronzes and a carved ivory tusk. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2021 Since a narwhal’s tusk, which is actually a specialized tooth, grows in annual layers like the rings of a tree trunk, researchers can study the layers to look back in time, reports Matt Simon for Wired. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2021 Or perhaps a narwhal uses its tusk to flush out prey on the ocean bottom. Matt Simon, Wired, 1 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, the brand’s offerings of SUVs had also gotten long in the tusk. Dan Neil, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2021 Another touches the tusk and says the elephant feels like a spear. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021 Ruth's is easily identifiable because her right tusk is dramatically shorter. jsonline.com, 23 Dec. 2020 Rattray’s new product, the Narwall, aims to provide more comfort and protection than typical face shields and masks (it was named after the narwhal and its whimsical, protruding tusk). Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 17 Nov. 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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10 May 2021

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“Tusk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tusk. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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tusk

noun

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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