carnassial

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj carnassial (of a tooth) adapted for shearing flesh "the carnassial teeth of carnivores"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Carnassial (Anat) Adapted to eating flesh.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • carnassial Sectorial; adapted for cutting and tearing flesh: applied to the specialized trenchant or cutting molar or premolar of the Carnivora.
    • n carnassial A sectorial tooth; the last upper premolar or first lower molar tooth of those Carnivora which have a typically carnivorous dentition, as the cat or dog.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. carnassier, carnivorous, and L. caro, carnis, flesh

Usage

In literature:

The second is strong and essentially carnassial; it is compressed laterally and obliquely placed.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
From the carnassial tooth you can infer the reduced clavicle, and so on.
"Form and Function" by E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The carnassial tooth of the upper jaw has three lobes to the blade; that of the lower jaw is without an inner cusp.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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