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English

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Walruses with tusks.
Aborigines with elephant tusks.

Etymology

From Old English tux, tusc, cognate with Old Frisian tusk, probably from the Proto-Germanic root tunthskaz, an extended form of the linguistic root of tooth.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
tusk

Plural
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tusk ({{{1}}})
  1. One of a pair of elongated pointed teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar.
    Until the CITES sales ban, elephant tusks were the 'backbone' of the legal ivory trade.
  2. A small projection on a (tusk) tenon.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to tusk

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to tusk (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To dig up using a tusk, as boars do.

Related terms

References

  • "tusk" in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

Old Frisian

Noun

tusk

  1. tooth

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