When the tusks get broken—a not uncommon thing—he must remain toothless or “tuskless” for the rest of his life.
He sat behind his desk like a tuskless sea lion crouched behind a rock, and his cheeks merged into jowls and obliterated his neck.
A cock without spurs has the same name as a tuskless elephant,—makhna.
We now know the complete series of steps connecting elephants with ordinary trunkless, tuskless mammals.
Old English tux, tusc, cognate with Old Frisian tusk, probably from Proto-Germanic *tunthskaz (cf. Gothic tunþus "tooth"), extended form of the root of tooth. But there are no certain cognates outside Anglo-Frisian.