Mr. John Hunter, in his Natural History of the Human Teeth, names these cuspidati, because, though made somewhat like the incisores, they have the two sides of the edge sloped off to a point, and this point is very sharp. Their fangs are longer than those of the incisores, and, therefore, from the fangs of those in the upper jaw being supposed to extend the greatest part of the way to the eye, they have been called the eye teeth. Their use seems to be to hold what is caught or taken. In Varro and Pliny they are called columellares.
Canini minores. The incisorii laterales musculi sometimes send a few fibres to the musculii canini, to which Winslow gives the above name.
Canini musculi. Winslow says that each of the two musc, canini are fixed above the socket of the dens caninus, and terminate in the arch of the orbicularis labiorum.