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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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Examples from the web for dogtooth
  • dogtooth soils occur on micro-lows on flats and fans.
  • dogtooth soils have a dense, sodium affected subsoil that restricts root growth.
  • Pockets of dogtooth spar, which are sharp-ended crystals, formed when the limestone was still deeply buried under younger rocks.
  • The exterior design of the house includes contrasting brick in corbelled and dogtooth courses.
  • The cornice is a single course of dogtooth brickwork.
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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