What is the difference between ivory and tusk?

ivory | tusk |


As nouns the difference between ivory and tusk

is that ivory is {{context|uncountable|lang=en}} the hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals while tusk is one of a pair of elongated pointed teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar or tusk can be a fish, the torsk.

As a adjective ivory

is made of ivory.

As a verb tusk is

to dig up using a tusk, as boars do.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

ivory

English

(wikipedia ivory)

Noun

  • (uncountable) The hard white form of dentine which forms the tusks of elephants, walruses and other animals.
  • A creamy white colour, the colour of ivory.
  • Something made from or resembling ivory.
  • (collective singular or in plural) The teeth.
  • (collective singular or in plural) The keys of a piano.
  • (slang) A white person.
  • See also

    * Galalith

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Made of ivory.
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  • Resembling or having the colour of ivory.
  • Derived terms

    * ivory tower * ivory black * Ivory Coast * ivory gull * ivory nut * ivory palm * ivory-billed woodpecker * ivory-nut palm * ivory shell * ivory-white * vegetable ivory

    See also

    * odontolite * scrimshaw * whalebone *

    tusk

    English

    (wikipedia tusk)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) tusk (also tux, tusch), from (etyl) . More at (l).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • One of a pair of elongated pointed teeth that extend outside the mouth of an animal such as walrus, elephant or wild boar.
  • Until the CITES sales ban, elephant tusks were the 'backbone' of the legal ivory trade.
  • A small projection on a (tusk) tenon.
  • A tusk shell.
  • (carpentry) A projecting member like a tenon, and serving the same or a similar purpose, but composed of several steps, or offsets, called teeth .
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To dig up using a tusk, as boars do.
  • (obsolete) To bare or gnash the teeth.
  • References

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    Etymology 2

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fish, the torsk.
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