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1. An elongated pointed tooth, usually one of a pair, extending outside of the mouth in certain animals such as the walrus, elephant, or wild boar.
2. A long projecting tooth or toothlike part.
tr. & intr.v. tusked, tusk·ing, tusks
To gore or dig with the tusks or a tusk.
[Middle English tux, tusce, from Old English tūx, tūsc, canine tooth; see dent- in Indo-European roots.]
[Of North Germanic origin; akin to dialectal Norwegian tosk and Faroese toskur, cod, both from Old Norse thorskr; see ters- in Indo-European roots.]
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