In case all the toothy puns didn’t make it obvious enough, we’ll spoil today’s Wordle for you right here – the answer is “molar.” By definition, a molar is a tooth that grows in the rear of the mouth. All humans have multiple molars on both the top and bottom rows of teeth covering all four quadrants.
Unlike the front set of teeth which are made for piercing, molars are the grinders that you use to chew your food into a tasty paste before delivering it to your stomach. According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, the second premolar – which would be second in any quadrant behind the outermost piercer known as the “canine” – is the second most common missing tooth, bested only by the infamous wisdom tooth.
Interestingly, the word derives from “molaris,” with a root of “mola,” meaning “millstone.” According to EtymOnline, it traces back to the proto-indo-european root word “mele,” which means to “crush” or “grind.” A millstone is a grinding block that’s most commonly used to grind up food and spices while preparing dishes, appropriately enough. Your tooth is a lot more sensitive than the stones used for this purpose, however, so be careful with it!