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TUSK

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tusk mean? 

TUSK (noun)
  The noun TUSK has 2 senses:

1. a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses
2. a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog

  Familiarity information: TUSK used as a noun is rare.


TUSK (verb)
  The verb TUSK has 2 senses:

1. stab or pierce with a horn or tusk
2. remove the tusks of animals

  Familiarity information: TUSK used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TUSK (noun)


Sense 1tusk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

ivory; tusk

Hypernyms ("tusk" is a kind of...):

dentin; dentine (a calcareous material harder and denser than bone that comprises the bulk of a tooth)

Holonyms ("tusk" is a substance of...):

tusk (a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog)


Sense 2tusk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("tusk" is a kind of...):

tooth (hard bonelike structures in the jaws of vertebrates; used for biting and chewing or for attack and defense)

Meronyms (substance of "tusk"):

ivory; tusk (a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses)

Holonyms ("tusk" is a part of...):

tusker (any mammal with prominent tusks (especially an elephant or wild boar))

boar; Sus scrofa; wild boar (Old World wild swine having a narrow body and prominent tusks from which most domestic swine come; introduced in United States)

elephant (five-toed pachyderm)


TUSK (verb)


Sense 1tusk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

horn; tusk

Context example:

the rhino horned the explorer

Hypernyms (to "tusk" is one way to...):

pierce; thrust (penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 2tusk [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Remove the tusks of animals

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

detusk; tusk

Context example:

tusk an elephant

Hypernyms (to "tusk" is one way to...):

remove; take; take away; withdraw (remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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