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Adapted for tearing apart flesh: carnassial teeth.
A tooth adapted for tearing apart flesh, especially one of the last upper premolar or first lower molar teeth in carnivorous mammals.
[From French carnassier, carnivorous, from Provençal, from carnasso, meat in abundance, from carn, flesh, from Latin carō, carn-; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Zoology) zoology of, relating to, or designating the last upper premolar and first lower molar teeth of carnivores, which have sharp edges for tearing flesh
(Zoology) a carnassial tooth
[C19: from French carnassier meat-eating, from Provençal, from carnasso abundance of meat, from carn meat, flesh, from Latin carō]
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car•nas•si•al(kɑrˈnæs i əl)
1. (of teeth) adapted for shearing flesh.n.
2. a carnassial tooth, esp. the last upper premolar or the first lower molar tooth of carnivores.
[1840–50; < French carnassi(er) flesh-eating < Latin carn-]
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|Adj.||1.||carnassial - (of a tooth) adapted for shearing flesh; "the carnassial teeth of carnivores"|
sharp - having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point"
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