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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tusk
Same as Torsk.
noun Tusk
  1. [Zoöl] One of the elongated incisor or canine teeth of the wild boar, elephant, etc.; hence, any long, protruding tooth.
  2. [Zoöl] A toothshell, or Dentalium; -- called also tusk-shell.
  3. [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.

Etymology: OE. tusk, the same word as tusch, AS. tusc. See Tush a tooth

verb Tusk
To bare or gnash the teeth.
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  1. A long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog
  2. A hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses
  3. Remove the tusks of animals ("tusk an elephant")
  4. Stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

From Middle English tusk (also tux, tusch), from Old English tūx, tūsc (“grinder, canine tooth, tusk”), from Proto-Germanic *tunþskaz (“tooth”), extended form of Proto-Germanic *tanþs (“tooth”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃dónts (“tooth”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian Tusk (“tooth”), West Frisian tosk (“tooth”), Icelandic toskur (“a tusk, tooth”) (whence the Old Norse and Icelandic Ratatoskr and Ratatoskur respectively), Gothic 𐍄𐌿𐌽𐌸𐌿𐍃 (tunþus, “tooth”) and *𐍄𐌿𐌽𐌳𐌹 (*tundi, “thorn, tooth”). More at tooth.

  1. One of a pair of elongated pointed teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar.
    Until the CITES sales ban, elephant were the 'backbone' of the legal ivory trade.
  2. A small projection on a (tusk) tenon.
  3. A tusk shell.
  4. (carpentry) A projecting member like a tenon, and serving the same or a similar purpose, but composed of several steps, or offsets, called teeth.

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  1. A fish, the torsk (Brosme brosme).

    tusk was also found in the following language(s): Old Frisian

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    Donald Tusk is a Leader of the Civic Platform, President of the European Council, Prime Minister of Poland, and Leader of theCivic Platform. Donald was given the name Donald Franciszek Tusk on April 22nd, 1957 in Gdańsk.


    Bradley was born on October 3rd, 1973.


    Jozef was born on March 23rd, 1907. He breathed his last breath on June 12th, 1987.


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