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
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.
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.
A paper mache elephant skull, with tusks, marked the lair of Scar.
Both males and females have large tusks used for defense, for cutting through ice and for getting out of the water.
A warrior sounds the native horn called the namogo, which is the end of an elephant's tusk covered with the uncut stretched skin of an ox tail.
Frank thinks the key to winning is to win over Tusk, and to undermine his relationship with the CEO of Pollyhop, the social media company that's in bed with Conway.
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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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