Definition of cuspid in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəspəd/


A tooth with a single cusp or point; a canine tooth.
Example sentences
  • Incisors cut food, and cuspid and bicuspid teeth grasp and tear food.
  • The posterior cuspid (or cuspids if there are six) accounts for about one-third of the length of the tooth.
  • The margin of the talonid is surrounded by a series of cusps (‘cuspids,’ actually, since this is a lower jaw molar) which enclose a talonid basin.


Mid 18th century: from Latin cuspis, cuspid- 'point or apex'.

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Syllabification: cus·pid

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