Definition of tusk in English:



  • 1A long, pointed tooth, especially one specially developed so as to protrude from the closed mouth, as in the elephant, walrus, or wild boar.

    • ‘The large creatures were grunting and groaning, and their large, curved tusks flashed in the moonlight.’
    • ‘On May 10 customs officials in Hong Kong announced they had confiscated a shipment of 600 African elephant tusks.’
    • ‘Science shed little light on the narwhal tusk, however, and its purpose remained elusive.’
    • ‘Because poachers had obviously selected individuals for their tusks, the percentage of the elephants remaining without tusks had greatly increased.’
    • ‘As soon as the animals collapsed, they hacked off their ivory tusks.’
    • ‘Researchers say experiments with 19 wild elephant groups in the reserve confirm anecdotal reports that the animals show keen interest in the bones and tusks of other dead elephants.’
    • ‘The tusk and several teeth of a Deinotherium giganteum, a distant relative of today's elephant and one of the largest mammals ever on Earth, were discovered on the Greek island Crete.’
    • ‘Elephants also carry the tusks and bones of their departed kin great distances and may even try to cover them with dirt or leaves.’
    • ‘No meat had been taken, only the rhino horns and elephant tusks.’
    • ‘Humans have been killing elephants for their ivory tusks for more than 4,000 years.’
    • ‘And there on a shelf, he noticed an elephant's ivory tusk.’
    • ‘Males are often bigger, more muscular, and have built-in weaponry - tusks, antlers, horns, spines, bigger teeth, or skulls built for butting.’
    • ‘Mammoth tusks grow a little bit every day.’
    • ‘They are a big as walrus tusks, and I've considered pulling them and crafting some ivory jewelry.’
    • ‘In flights over the park, Fraser and Kes Smith have found huge numbers of elephants killed for their tusks, at times with wounded and bewildered babies standing next to their slaughtered mothers.’
    • ‘She gingerly brought her fingertips to the place on her side where the boar's tusk had gouged her.’
    • ‘The mammals investigate remains with their feet and trunks, paying special attention to the skulls and tusks of even long-dead elephants.’
    • ‘Pigs' or boars' tusks are markedly curved but small in cross-section and with no visible grain.’
    • ‘Sculpture and carving on bone and walrus tusk are the most highly developed forms of folk art among the Chukchi.’
    • ‘Men may have their noses pierced and wear wild pig or boar tusks.’
    fang, denticulation
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    1. 1.1 A long, tapering object or projection resembling a tusk.


Old English tux, variant of tusc (see tush).