tuskwise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

tusk +‎ -wise

Adverb[edit]

tuskwise (not comparable)

  1. (rare) In the manner of tusks.
    • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
      Nay without this law / Of mandom, ye would perish, — beast by beast / Devouring, — tree by tree, with strangling roots / And trunks set tuskwise.
    • 1941, Charles Fort, Lo!
      ...part of the jaw bone of a whale, propped up tuskwise.
    • 2008, Kage Baker, The Sons of Heaven
      Alec laughs so hard his eyes glaze and his cheeks flush, and even Nicholas is chortling now. Edward forges ahead, holding up his fingers tuskwise...