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egg tooth

noun
1.
a calcareous prominence at the tip of the beak or upper jaw of an embryonic bird or reptile, used to break through the eggshell at hatching.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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egg tooth

noun
1.
(in embryo birds and reptiles) a temporary tooth or (in birds) projection of the beak used for piercing the eggshell
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egg teeth in Science
egg tooth  
A hard, toothlike projection from the beak of embryonic birds, or from the upper jaw of embryonic reptiles, that is used to cut the egg membrane and shell upon hatching and that later falls off.
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egg tooth

tooth or toothlike structure used by the young of many egg-laying species to break the shell of the egg and so escape from it at hatching. Some lizards and snakes develop a true tooth that projects outside the row of other teeth, helps the young to hatch, and then is shed. Turtles, crocodilians, and birds have an analogous horny structure that performs a similar function. The only mammal to hatch from an egg, the duck-billed platypus, also develops an egg tooth before birth.

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