wisdom tooth

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From wisdom +‎ tooth, calque of Latin dēns sapientiae, which is itself a calque of Ancient Greek σωφρονιστῆρες ‎(sōphronistêres, prudent or self-controlled ones (i.e. teeth)), because they arrive approximately when one has reached the age of prudence or wisdom.[1] Compare also German Weisheitszahn ‎(wisdom tooth), Danish visdomstand ‎(wisdom tooth), Swedish visdomstand ‎(wisdom tooth), Icelandic vísdómstönn ‎(wisdom tooth), Dutch verstandskies ‎(wisdom tooth, literally wisdom molar), German Low German Verstandskuus ‎(wisdom tooth, literally wisdom molar).

Noun[edit]

wisdom tooth ‎(plural wisdom teeth)

  1. (dentistry) One of the four (one upper and one lower on each side) rearmost molars in humans, which typically develop between ages 18-24.

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  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary