Meaning of carnassial

car•nas•si•al

Pronunciation: (kär-nas'ē-ul), [key]
— Zool. Zool.
—adj.
  1. (of teeth) adapted for shearing flesh.
—n.
  1. a carnassial tooth, esp. the last upper premolar or the first lower molar tooth of certain carnivores.
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