Carnassial



(of teeth) adapted for shearing flesh.
a carnassial tooth, especially the last upper premolar or the first lower molar tooth of certain carnivores.
Historical Examples

The carnassial tooth of the upper jaw has three lobes to the blade; that of the lower jaw is without an inner cusp.
The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia Frank Evers Beddard

From the carnassial tooth you can infer the reduced clavicle, and so on.
Form and Function E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell

The carnassial tooth is less emphasised in this group than in the Cats.
The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia Frank Evers Beddard

The carnassial teeth are not typically developed, and the molars are broad and tuberculate.
The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia Frank Evers Beddard

There is no carnassial tooth, and the teeth in other ways differ considerably from those of Carnivora vera.
The Vertebrate Skeleton Sidney H. Reynolds

adjective
(zoology) of, relating to, or designating the last upper premolar and first lower molar teeth of carnivores, which have sharp edges for tearing flesh
noun
a carnassial tooth

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