One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having one cusp or point.
- ‘The single p4 is unicuspid and very bulbous.’
- ‘The teeth are usually unicuspid, conical, and homodont.’
- ‘These unicuspid teeth are useful for identifying some kinds of shrews.’
- ‘The p4 is a unicuspid tooth, with the variable presence of a second, anterior root trace.’
A tooth with a single cusp, especially a canine tooth.
- ‘The 1st and 2nd upper unicuspids are large, the 3rd and 4th smaller and subequal, and the 5th minute.’
- ‘The upper unicuspids have a pigmented ridge that extends to the cingulum.’
- ‘They have a continuous set of teeth between the incisors and the molars called the unicuspids.’
- ‘Under low magnification, e.g., with a hand lens, the side profile of the pygmy shrew's upper jaw shows only three large unicuspids instead of five typical of the masked shrew.’
- ‘Tooth shape ranges from widely spaced and pointy unicuspids in zooplanktivorous and insectivorous species to closely packed and flexible tricuspids in algal scrapers.’
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