Beak Definition

bēk
beaks
noun
beaks
A bird's bill, esp. the large, sharp, horny bill of a bird of prey.
Webster's New World
A beaklike part or thing, as the protruding mouthpart of various insects, fishes, etc., or the spout of a pitcher.
Webster's New World
A usually firm, tapering tip on certain plant structures, such as some seeds and fruits.
American Heritage
The metal-covered ram projecting from the prow of an ancient warship.
Webster's New World
A beaklike structure or part, as:
American Heritage
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verb
Strike with the beak.
Wiktionary
Seize with the beak.
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Beak

Noun

Singular:
beak
Plural:
beaks

Origin of Beak

  • Middle English bec, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French bec, from Latin beccus, from Gaulish *beccos (“chicken beak”, literally “small”), (compare Irish beag (“little”), Welsh bach, bychan Breton bac'h, bihan and beg (“beak”), from Proto-Celtic *bakk- (“hook”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bek from Old French bec from Latin beccus of Celtic origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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