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Nov 3, 2010
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dentulous

PRONUNCIATION:
(DEN-chuh-lus)

MEANING:
adjective: Having teeth.

ETYMOLOGY:
Back-formation from edentulous (toothless), from ex- (out of) + dens (tooth). Earliest recorded use: 1926.

USAGE:
"He was therefore prejudiced against all things calciferous or dentulous. 'I propose that the next student who is caught biting a fellow student should be removed.'"
Robert B Shampo; The Weird Thoughts and Writings of Battling Goozler; Vantage; 2009.

See more usage examples of dentulous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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