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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Drago applied his fingers to some of the strings and adjusted a turnkey on the end of one of the tusks.
▪ Finely sculpted and painted a glossy orange, the tusks and trunks jutted out like bright brass horns from the wooden bars.
▪ I wanted to look in a mouth to see where those tusks were anchored.
▪ Males also often have body scars and broken tusks, suggestive of combat.
▪ Since tusks continue to grow throughout an elephant's life, the amount of ivory carried by the herds will also increase.
▪ There are pigmy giraffes, large giraffes with moose-like antlers and elephant-like creatures with downward-curving tusks in the lower jaw.
▪ Two large tusks and whiskers were clearly visible.
▪ Walrus tusks were essentially substitutes for ivory in territories remote from supplies of elephant tusks.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Torsk \Torsk\, n. [Dan.; akin to Icel. [thorn]orskr a codfish, G. dorsch.] (Zo["o]l.)

  1. The cusk. See Cusk.

  2. The codfish. Called also tusk.


Cusk \Cusk\ (k[u^]sk), n. (Zo["o]l.) A large, edible, marine fish ( Brosmius brosme), allied to the cod, common on the northern coasts of Europe and America; -- called also tusk and torsk.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English tusc, also transposed as tux, "long, pointed tooth protruding from the mouth of an animal," cognate with Old Frisian tusk, probably from Proto-Germanic *tunthsk- (cognates: Gothic tunþus "tooth"), from an extended form of PIE *dent-, the root of tooth. But "there are no certain cognates outside of the Anglo-Frisian area" [OED].


Etymology 1 n. 1 One of a pair of elongated pointed tooth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar. 2 A small projection on a (tusk) tenon. 3 A tusk shell. 4 (context carpentry English) A projecting member like a tenon, and serving the same or a similar purpose, but composed of several steps, or offsets, called ''tooth''. vb. 1 To dig up using a tusk, as boars do. 2 (context obsolete English) To bare or gnash the tooth. Etymology 2

n. A fish, the torsk.

  1. n. a hard smooth ivory colored dentine that makes up most of the tusks of elephants and walruses [syn: ivory]

  2. a long pointed tooth specialized for fighting or digging; especially in an elephant or walrus or hog

  1. v. stab or pierce with a horn or tusk; "the rhino horned the explorer" [syn: horn]

  2. remove the tusks of animals; "tusk an elephant" [syn: detusk]

Tusk (album)

Tusk is the twelfth album by the British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac. Released in 1979, it is considered experimental, primarily due to Lindsey Buckingham's sparser songwriting arrangements and the influence of punk rock and new wave on his production techniques. Costing over $1 million to record (a fact widely noted in the 1979 press), it was the most expensive rock album made up to that point.

The band embarked on a 9-month tour to promote Tusk. They travelled extensively across the world, including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and UK. In Germany they shared the bill with reggae superstar Bob Marley. It was on this world tour that the band recorded music for the Fleetwood Mac Live album, which was released in 1980.

In 2013, NME ranked Tusk at number 445 in their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


Tusks are elongated, continuously growing front teeth, usually but not always in pairs, that protrude well beyond the mouth of certain mammal species. They are most commonly canines, as with warthogs, pig, and walruses, or, in the case of elephants, elongated incisors. In most tusked species both the males and the females have tusks although the males' are larger. Tusks are generally curved, though the narwhal's sole tusk is straight and has a helical structure. In the elephant, the tusks were originally second incisors. Continuous growth is enabled by formative tissues in the apical openings of the roots of the teeth.

Tusk (comics)

Tusk is a fictional supervillain in the . His name comes from the two large tusks that protrude out of his shoulders. He has superhuman strength and the ability to create smaller duplicates of himself that do his bidding.

Tusk (disambiguation)

A tusk is an elongated long tooth possessed by certain mammals.

Tusk may also refer to:

Tusk (song)

"Tusk" is a song by Fleetwood Mac from the 1979 double LP of the same name. The song peaked at #8 on the U.S. charts for three weeks, reached #6 in the UK (where it was certified Silver for sales of over 250,000 copies), #5 in Canada and #3 in Australia. It was one of the first songs to be released using a digital mixdown from an original analog source.

Tusk (1980 film)

Tusk ( French title: Poo Lorn L'Elephant) is a 1980 French drama film directed by cult filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky and written by Nicholas Niciphor, about a young English girl and an Indian elephant who share a common destiny. It is based on the novel Poo Lorn L'Elephant by Reginald Campbell.

Tusk (The Dead C album)

Tusk is the sixth album by New Zealand noise rock band The Dead C, released on July 29, 1997 through Siltbreeze.

Tusk (Camper Van Beethoven album)

Tusk is a 2003 studio album by American alternative rock group Camper Van Beethoven, a song-for-song remake of the Fleetwood Mac album of the same name.

Tusk (mascot)

Tusk is the name of the official live mascot for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. The current live mascot is Tusk IV. All Tusks so far have been male (female swine do not have tusks) and from the same lineage.

Tusk travels to every home football game at Fayetteville or Little Rock, certain away football games such as the annual Southwest Classic game against Texas A&M in Dallas and some bowl games, occasional home basketball and baseball games, as well as other select events (such as pep rallies). Tusk is put into a spacious cardinal red holding pen which travels through the crowds, with the cheerleaders on the upper level, making him a crowd favorite. During the actual game, Tusk is moved into Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium where he can be seen by the entire crowd. Tusk has been trained to give kisses to people who are brave enough to do so.

Tusk occupies a indoor facility and a fenced outdoor area just outside Dardanelle, Arkansas. He uses the indoor facility to escape the heat and sun, and the outdoor facility provides him the opportunity to slop in several mud holes. One of the first things that Tusk does each day is to go straight to his mud hole for a mud bath. Since Razorbacks are extremely muscular and have very little body fat, the mud keeps him cooler throughout the day and protects him from the sun and insects. Before any official functions he must attend, Tusk is given a shampoo and wash to make sure he looks his best for the public.

Tusk is one of several live mascots in the SEC, including UGA, the Georgia Bulldogs mascot, Reveille, the Texas A&M Aggies border collie mascot, Smokey, the bluetick coonhound of the Tennessee Volunteers, Bully, the Mississippi State English Bulldog mascot, Mike the Tiger of LSU, War Eagle of Auburn, and Sir Big Spur, the official live gamecock of the South Carolina Gamecocks. There are only a few other live lineage mascots in the United States.

Tusk (2014 film)

Tusk is a 2014 American comedy horror film written and directed by Kevin Smith, based on a story from his SModcast podcast. The film stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Génesis Rodríguez, and Johnny Depp. The film is intended to be the first in Smith's planned True North trilogy.

Tusk had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, before it was released on September 19, 2014, by A24. The film was Smith's first major wide release since Cop Out, and performed poorly at the box office after receiving mixed reviews.

Usage examples of "tusk".

The Tusk tells us that there is no greater abomination than the False Prophet.

He focused on the dot, and the dot became a huge, obese aquatic creature, a creature whose blubbery hide, tusks, and skin suited it for this frozen hell, who probably thought the weather a pleasant spring freshet.

Bull emerged from the herd, a giant who even outsized Boaster, with yellowed tusks chipped from fighting.

Tybiel shot past a panther to get to a second lizard, while Joha, Brue, Thurmon, and the rest spread out and hunted the rest of the tusked panthers.

One long table extended itself down the ample hall of Ellieslaw Castle, which was still left much in the state in which it had been one hundred years before, stretching, that is, in gloomy length, along the whole side of the castle, vaulted with ribbed arches of freestone, the groins of which sprung from projecting figures, that, carved into all the wild forms which the fantastic imagination of a Gothic architect could devise, grinned, frowned, and gnashed their tusks at the assembly below.

Sure enough, the prostrate Gabbler was sitting up, weaving his massive tusked head from side to side and shrieking.

With the light behind her now, Gaye could see that her attacker had a dull yellow-orange face with short tusks sticking up over its upper lip, and wore black, spike-studded armor, well oiled.

All this sitting around is bad for the digestion, we should organize a boar-hunt, I remember one boar-hunt I went on, in Laconia, a huge boar, it stood higher than a man, it had already killed half a dozen dogs, I remember it had the giblets of one of them hanging from its right tusk, no, it was the left, no, wait a minute.

I blinked painfully, squinting in the glare-then gasped at the incredible figure standing in the open door Chapter 18 RED SWORDS IN KUUR It had a massive chest and burly shoulders, six, fat waddling legs and a blunt, homely visage, all gogling eyes and grinning, froglike mouth filled with blunt, powerful tusks.

The men were standing near the tusks trying to decide if they wanted to hunt jerboas with their slings.

As Mitha Baba drove at him and Nut Kut turned--his tusk ripped out sidewise.

Dumphee and Lotsa Smoke wrestled the mastodon tusks down from the top of the truck and leaned them against the hood.

The premaxillary and maxillary bones are largely developed, and contain the socket of the enormous tusks.

The newcomer had the tusks and mismatched eyes of an ork, but she was short and slim.

They moan, passing upon the clouds, horned and capricorned, the trumpeted with the tusked, the lionmaned, the giantantlered, snouter and crawler, rodent, ruminant and pachyderm, all their moving moaning multitude, murderers of the sun.