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- A calque of Latin dēns sapientiae, which is itself a calque of Greek sophronisteres (sophronisteres, “prudent (or self-controlled) teeth”), Because they arrive approximately when one has reached the age of prudence or wisdom.
- A calque of Dutch verstandskies (“far standing molar”), and is a mistranslation from verstand (“wisdom”), but duo a contraction of ver (“far”) + stand (“stand”) came to mean wisdom.(Can we verify(+) this sense?)
- (dentistry) One of the four (one upper and one lower on each side) rearmost molars in humans, which typically develop between ages 18-24.
rearmost molar in humans