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[dawg-tooth, dog-] /ˈdɔgˌtuθ, ˈdɒg-/
Also, dog tooth. a canine tooth.
Architecture. any of a series of small pyramidal ornaments, usually formed by a radiating arrangement of four sculptured leaves, set close together in a concave molding, used especially in England in the 13th century.
Origin of dogtooth
1545-55; dog + tooth Unabridged
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  • Nearly all are highly 45enriched with dogtooth; while the mouldings of the west door have conventional foliage as well.

  • Hollows of irregular curve sometimes filled with dogtooth ornament or with foliage.

    Architecture Thomas Roger Smith
  • A dogtooth violet, commonly called avalanche lily, is abundant.

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • The sub-arches appear to be about the same date as the transept vaulting, as they have the dogtooth ornament in their mouldings.

  • Contemplative between their dark exotic leaves, dogtooth violets fill the light-flecked hollows.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm
British Dictionary definitions for dogtooth


noun (pl) -teeth
another name for a canine (sense 3)
(architect) a carved ornament in the form of four leaflike projections radiating from a raised centre, used in England in the 13th century
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