wisdom tooth
noun Etymology: from being cut usually in the late teens Date: 1824 the third molar that is the last tooth to erupt on each side of the upper and lower jaws in humans

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  • Wisdom tooth — Wisdom Wis dom ( d[u^]m), n. [AS. w[imac]sd[=o]m. See {Wise}, a., and { dom}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wisdom tooth — n. [calque of ModL dentes sapientiae, based on Gr sōphronistēres < sōphronein, to be of sound mind: from their late appearance] the back tooth on each side of each jaw in human beings; any of the four third molars appearing usually between the …   English World dictionary

  • wisdom tooth — n one of the four large teeth at the back of your mouth that do not grow until you are an adult …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wisdom tooth — wisdom ,tooth noun count one of the four large teeth that grow at the back of your mouth when you are an adult …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wisdom tooth — ► NOUN ▪ each of the four hindmost molars in humans, which usually appear at about the age of twenty …   English terms dictionary

  • Wisdom tooth — A wisdom tooth, in humans, is any of the usually four third molars. Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25.[1] Most adults have four wisdom teeth, but it is possible to have more, in which case they are called supernumerary… …   Wikipedia

  • wisdom tooth — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms wisdom tooth : singular wisdom tooth plural wisdom teeth one of the four large teeth that grow at the back of your mouth when you are an adult …   English dictionary

  • wisdom tooth — wisdom teeth N COUNT Your wisdom teeth are the four large teeth at the back of your mouth which usually grow much later than your other teeth …   English dictionary

  • wisdom tooth — wis′dom tooth n. den the third molar on each side of the upper and lower jaws: the last tooth to erupt • cut one s wisdom teeth Etymology: 1660–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • wisdom tooth — 1. the third molar on each side of the upper and lower jaws: the last tooth to erupt. 2. cut one s wisdom teeth, to attain maturity or discretion. [1660 70] * * * …   Universalium

  • wisdom tooth — wis·dom tooth wiz dəm n the third molar that is the last tooth to erupt on each side of the upper and lower human jaw * * * the third molar tooth on each side of either jaw, which erupts normally around the age of 20. * * * third molar t …   Medical dictionary

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