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Tusk. n.s. [tẏxaf, Saxon; tosken, old Frisick.] The long teeth of a pugnacious animal; the fang; the holding tooth.

Some creatures have over-long, or out-growing teeth, called fangs, or tusks; as boars and pikes. Bacon.

The boar depended upon his tusks. L'Estrange.

As two boars,
With rising bristles, and with frothy jaws,
Their adverse breasts with tusks oblique they wound.

A monstrous boar
Whetting his tusks, and churning hideous foam.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Smith, Edmund (7)

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