tusk

Definitions

  • An adult elephant with long tusks
    An adult elephant with long tusks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tusk remove the tusks of animals "tusk an elephant"
    • v tusk stab or pierce with a horn or tusk "the rhino horned the explorer"
    • n tusk a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog
    • n tusk a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elephant tusks grow throughout an elephant's life and can weigh more than 200 pounds. Among Asian elephants, only the males have tusks. Both sexes of African elephants have tusks.
    • Tusk (Carp) A projecting member like a tenon, and serving the same or a similar purpose, but composed of several steps, or offsets. Thus, in the illustration, a is the tusk, and each of the several parts, or offsets, is called a tooth.
    • Tusk (Zoöl) A toothshell, or Dentalium; -- called also tusk-shell.
    • Tusk (Zoöl) One of the elongated incisor or canine teeth of the wild boar, elephant, etc.; hence, any long, protruding tooth.
    • n Tusk tŭsk (Zoöl) Same as Torsk.
    • v. i Tusk tŭsk To bare or gnash the teeth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: George Washington's teeth were actually: carved from animal tusks, some of them were also somebody else's teeth, and some of them were from animals like deer and cales.
    • n tusk A long pointed tooth; especially, a tooth long enough to protrude from the lips when the mouth is closed. Tusks are extremely prominent in some animals, as elephants, mastodons, and other proboscideans; the narwhal among cetaceans; various pachyderms, as the hippopotamus, boar, and babirussa; the walrus among pinniped carnivores; and the fossil saber-toothed tigers among ordinary carnivores. Tusks may be upper or lower; they are usually upper, but in the dinotherium lower. They are either incisors or canines in different animals, but are usually canines. They are always paired, except in the narwhal. The single developed upper incisor of the male narwhal is the longest tusk known, reaching a length of 10 or 12 feet, and it is spirally grooved as if twisted. Elephants' tusks are upper incisors, and furnish most of the ivory of commerce. The tusks of the walrus are upper canines; those of the boar tribe are canines, both upper and lower. The tusks of the dinotherium are a pair of lower incisors turned down out of the mouth. The socalled tusks or tushes of the horse are ordinary canines. See cuts under babirussa, boar, Dinotherium, elephant, Mastodontinæ, monodon, narwhal, Phacochærus, saber-toothed, and walrus.
    • n tusk A sharp projecting point resembling in some degree a tusk or tooth of an animal. Specifically— A tooth of a harrow.
    • n tusk In locks, a sharp projecting point or claw which forms a means of attachment or engagement.
    • n tusk In carpentry, a bevel shoulder on a tenon to give it additional strength.
    • n tusk A tooth-shell. See Dentaliidæ, and cut under tooth-shell.
    • tusk To gore with the tusks.
    • tusk To move, turn, or thrust with the tusks.
    • tusk To gnash the teeth, as a boar; show the tusks.
    • n tusk A fish: same as torsk.
    • n tusk A tuft; a bush.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The woolly mammoth, extinct since the Ice Age, had tusks almost 16 feet high.
    • n Tusk tusk a long, protruding tooth on either side of the mouth of certain animals: a sharp point: the share of a plough
    • v.t Tusk to gore with the tusks
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tusk, the same word as tusch, AS. tusc,. See Tush a tooth

Usage

In literature:

He never tired of looking at the big hairy elephants with their turned-up tusks and long snaky trunks.
"The Cave Boy of the Age of Stone" by Margaret A. McIntyre
I do not care to foul my tusks with the blood of so base a creature.
"Aesop's Fables" by Aesop
And the lord of that country sent me elephants' teeth and four negroes, who carried one great ivory tusk to the ship.
"Prince Henry the Navigator, the Hero of Portugal and of Modern Discovery, 1394-1460 A.D." by C. Raymond Beazley
Gray-dark trunk curled upward between great ivory tusks, ears went wide as ponderous feet crunched volcanic soil.
"Voodoo Planet" by Andrew North
I could hear the sounds of the mighty tusks uprooting huge trees!
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
There the brute lay on his back, tusks upright under the stern; then with a quick flop he dived.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
And over the round of the lower jaw, tusks protruded in ugly promise.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
With these may be connected arrow heads and sharp pointed weapons of the worked antlers of the stag, and tusks of the wild boar.
"Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871" by Various
In many respects it may be likened to a hippopotamus without tusks or legs.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
From its mouth turned up two tusks, each of them two palms long.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 77, March, 1864" by Various
The tusks of fossil elephants are in many cases gigantic.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
With a scream of rage the maddened brute bent down his huge head and delivered a sweeping stroke with his tusk.
"Jack Haydon's Quest" by John Finnemore
I will not trust any one to keep the tusk except Gado of North Britain.
"The Mabinogion Vol. 2 (of 3)"
A Wild Boar was sharpening his tusks busily against the stump of a tree, when a Fox happened by.
"The Æsop for Children" by Æsop
A little farther on is Round Top itself, a craggy tusk of the rock-jawed earth pushed up there towards the azure.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 97, November, 1865" by Various
Lieutenant Carstens appeared to be astonished and decidedly out of temper when the commander of the gunboat stepped out on the north Tusk.
"Boy Scouts in the Philippines" by G. Harvey Ralphson
The tusks, too, were broken out, and laid aside.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
By the way, Dick, did that man Bargle ever give you the big tusk he said he had found?
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
It hasn't got the great tusks of the walrus, though.
"Old Gold" by George Manville Fenn
I can see the big tusks.
"Steve Young" by George Manville Fenn
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In poetry:

Down tusks of ice one drop will go,
Nor fall: at sunny noon
'Twill hang a diamond—fade, and grow
An opal for the moon.
"Songs of the Winter Days" by George MacDonald
Out of the west, where dusk,
From her rich windowsill,
Leaned with a wand of tusk,
Witch-like, and wood and hill
Phantomed with mist and musk.
"Clouds Of The Autumn Night" by Madison Julius Cawein
Inward the ice—floes where the walrus whet
Their pendent tusks, I sweep and swirl my way,
Or dally where 'neath dome and minaret
The dolphins play.
""What ails you, Ocean, that nor near nor far"" by Alfred Austin
But waked, and found myself in the vivid dusk
Plunging the deep and icy floor, gone gray
With bellowing shapes of morning, and the gay
Sunshaft through me like an ivory tusk.
"Hero" by Paul Engle
To whatever variation
Our posterity may turn
Hairy, squashy, or crustacean,
Bulbous-eyed or square of stern,
Tusked or toothless, mild or ruthless,
Towards that unknown god we yearn.
"Evolutionary Hymn" by C S Lewis
Deep-hearted roses of the purple dusk
And lilies of the morn;
And cactus, holding up a slender tusk
Of fragrance on a thorn;
All heavy flowers, sultry with their musk,
Her presence puts to scorn.
"Snow And Fire" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Black Tusk a 7,598-foot peak.
What happened to the Kellogg Mammoth Tusk .
Jeff VanZandt wants to know, "Whatever happened to that tusk .".
It was August of 2005 when earth-moving equipment uncovered a mammoth tusk on East Kellogg.
Tusk 's daily changing Italian and French-inspired menu celebrates the seasonal bounty of Northern California.
BlackRock Sticks With Pimco in Tusk Bond Fan Club.
OSKALOOSA — Researchers at the mammoth dig site in rural Mahaska County discovered a mammoth tusk Sunday morning that was at least 4 feet long.
"It's a huge tusk ," said Dr Jim North of William Penn University.
Researchers uncover a mammoth tusk that is at least 4 feet long Sunday morning at a dig site in rural Mahaska County.
Tusk 's political opponents have called for early elections, three years before the next general polls are due.
In 1990, Tembo broke her right tusk .
The tusks were among 15 items seized from a US citizen arriving from Europe.
We talked to Georgia metal band Black Tusk , indie rock everyman Ted Leo, party-rockers LMFAO and anti-folk favorite Kimya Dawson.
Bradley Tusk Explains His Education Meetings.
Donald Tusk says he wants to remain prime minister in order to pass needed reforms.
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In science:

This tusk has been carried out for both NJL and PNJL models.
Investigation of Phase Diagram and Bulk Thermodynamic Properties using PNJL Model with Eight-Quark Interactions
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