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tusk

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noun \ˈtəsk\

Definition of tusk

  1. 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. 2 :  one of the small projections on a tusk tenon

tusked

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tusklike

play \ˈtəsk-ˌlīk\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of tusk

Middle English, alteration of tux, from Old English tūx; akin to Old English tūsc tush


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tusk

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Definition of tusk

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to dig up with a tusk; also :  to gash with a tusk

First Known Use of tusk

1629


TUSK Defined for English Language Learners

tusk

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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

tusk

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noun \ˈtəsk\

Definition of tusk for Students

  1. :  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 Dictionary

tusk

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noun \ˈtəsk\

Medical Definition of tusk

  1. :  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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