Meaning of tusk

tusk

Pronunciation: (tusk), [key]
— n.
  1. (in certain animals) a tooth developed to great length, usually one of a pair, as in the elephant, walrus, and wild boar, but singly in the narwhal.
  2. a long, pointed, or protruding tooth.
  3. a projection resembling the tusk of an animal.
  4. Also calleda diagonally cut shoulder at the end of a timber for strengthening a tenon.
—v.t.
  1. to dig up or tear off with the tusks.
  2. to gore with a tusk.
—v.i.
  1. to dig up or thrust at the ground with the tusks.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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